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Professor Joe Clarke

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

My main focus is the role that energy systems simulation can play in helping to reduce energy demand, accelerate the take-up of renewable energy technologies, mitigate environmental impacts and improve human well-being. A major aspect of my work involves the development and dissemination of software tools for energy systems simulation, and support for the application of these tools in design, research, teaching and policy-making contexts. I am the progenitor of the ESP-r building simulation program, which is deployed worldwide, and founder member and past President of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, which promotes the technology worldwide.


Assessing domestic heat storage requirements for energy flexibility over varying timescales
Allison John, Bell Keith, Clarke Joe, Cowie Andrew, Elsayed Ahmed, Flett Graeme, Oluleye Gbemi, Hawkes Adam, Hawker Graeme, Kelly Nick, Manuela Marinho de Castro Maria, Sharpe Tim, Shea Andy, Strachan Paul, Tuohy Paul
Applied Thermal Engineering Vol 136, pp. 602-616, (2018)
A 'big data' approach to the application of building performance simulation to improve the operational performance of large estates
Clarke Joseph, Costola Daniel, Kelly Nicolas, Monari Filippo
Building Simulation 2017, (2017)
Assessing policy constraints and technical feasibility of energy developments in cities
McGhee Raheal, Clarke Joseph, Svehla Katalin
Design to Thrive, pp. 1446-1453, (2017)
Domestic thermal storage requirements for heat demand flexibility
Allison John, Bell Keith, Clarke Joe, Cowie Andrew, Elsayed Ahmed, Flett Graeme, Gbemi Oluleye, Hawkes Adam, Hawker Graeme, Kelly Nick, Manuela Marinho de Castro Maria, Sharpe Tim , Shea Andy, Strachan Paul
The 4th Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference, pp. 1-10, (2017)
An e-Service delivery platform for building indoor environment and energy performance assessment
Kim J., Clarke J. A., Allison J., Ahn J., Chung D.
3rd Asia Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, (2016)
Evaluating passive structural control of tidal turbines
Fu Song, Johnstone Cameron, Clarke Joe
3rd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, pp. 1-8, (2016)

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BRE Lectureship
Clarke, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Costola, Daniel (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
KTP - arbnco
Costola, Daniel (Principal Investigator) Allison, John (Co-investigator) Clarke, Joseph (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Sep-2018 - 02-Sep-2020
BRE Framework Collaboration / S130160-104
Clarke, Joseph (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2020
BRE Framework Collaboration / S130160-105
Clarke, Joseph (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2020
Development and verification of integrated assessment and diagnosing system for the improvement of the energy performance of small-medium sized buildings
Kim, Jae Min (Co-investigator) Clarke, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Cowie, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
A building energy profiling tool was developed to establish benchmark performance data for office buildings in Seoul with the focus on buildings of 3,000 to 10,000 m^2 floor area. Benchmark data are usually defined on the basis of actual energy use. Small-to-medium size buildings, unlike large buildings, are unlikely to have energy monitoring systems and therefore data availability will be poor. The project addressed this issue by developing an energy profiling tool, which exploits monitored and simulated data sources. ESRU applied building simulation to establish disaggregated energy profiles for office buildings as existing and with a range of alternative design modifications applied. These synthetic profiles were encapsulated within a database management application (alongside monitored data) to enable users to produce energy performance benchmarks for existing buildings and proposed retrofits. A modelling procedure was developed that is able to automatically generate models that represent large building stocks (e.g. at the district or city scale) differentiated by principal design parameter values (level of insulation, system efficiency, hot water usage etc.). Design information on approximately 2000 buildings in Seoul was collected through literature review, site visits, and interactions with local agencies; and monthly gas and electricity consumption data obtained over a two-year period. These data allowed the major design parameters impacting building energy consumption and their typical levels to be identified for use to generate models representing the entire building stock. The ESP-r system was then used to generate ‘ideal’ hourly load profiles for heating, cooling, lighting, appliances, ventilation, hot water, and elevators. Disaggregated profiles were then encapsulated in a new database tool for use to assess the performance of existing buildings and identify opportunities for improvement..
Period 01-Sep-2014 - 31-Jan-2016
Development of 'big data' energy analytics platform
Kim, Jae Min (Co-investigator) Clarke, Joseph (Principal Investigator) Allison, John (Researcher)
This project developed a ‘big data’ platform for the delivery of new energy-related information to stakeholders in the commercial building, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. The targeted platform comprises a means to collect and conflate data from different sources, a means to apply analytics, and a means to deliver outcomes at the required frequency. Working with Korean commercial partners (Xiilab and ETRI), ESRU's task was to deploy BuildAX pervasive sensors to monitor environmental conditions, and the EnTrak program to transform monitored data to useful information. The prototype eService delivery system was demonstrated by deployment in sites in Korea and the UK.
Period 01-Jul-2015 - 31-May-2018

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