Dr Jon Hand

Senior Research Fellow

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

My primary focus is in numerical assessments of the performance of the built environment and environmental control systems. I have been active in this field for 25 years and manage approximately one million lines of source code (e.g. ESP-r).

I have a continuing interest in how engineering software is used in the building design process and I actively mentor companies in the UK and elsewhere.  I am also a certified instructor for PassivHaus designers and practitioners and have trained more than 200 practitioners and given presentations in Europe and Asia.

I have acted as a reviewer for several international journals and this year was made a Fellow of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association).  I have been in the authoring team of several CIBSE application manuals.  When not developing source code for ESP-r I am often found coaxing 3D objects from local Maker facilties.


Has expertise in:

    • Working practices supporting numerical assessments of performance
    • Quality control procedures versus numerical assessments of performance
    • Construction details for extreme low energy buildings


Assessing the ability of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) canopies to support electric vehicle (EV) charging in cities
Kelly N J, Allison J, Flett G, Hand J W
uSIM2020 Building to Buildings – Urban and Community Energy Modelling (2020)
Modelling responsive demand from electrified domestic heating and storage under different operating strategies
Allison J, Cowie A, Flett G, Hand J W, Hawker G, Kelly N J
uSIM - Urban Energy Simulation (2018)
Simulation, implementation and monitoring of heat pump load shifting using a predictive controller
Allison John, Cowie Andrew, Galloway Stuart, Hand Jon, Kelly Nicolas, Stephen Bruce
Energy Conversion and Management Vol 150, pp. 890-903 (2017)
Simulation and implementation of heat load shifting in a low carbon building
Allison John, Cowie Andrew, Galloway Stuart, Hand Jon, Kelly Nick, Stephen Bruce
The 4th Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference (2017)
Impact of including pre-defined object on high resolution assessments
Hand Jon W
eSim 2016, pp. 449-459 (2016)
On the high resolution simulation of building/plant systems
Clarke Joe, Cockroft Jeremy, Cowie Andrew, Hand Jon, Kelly Nick, Samuel Aizaz, Tang Dechao
14th International Conference of IBPSA - Building Simulation 2015, BS 2015, Conference Proceedings 14th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, BS 2015, pp. 90-97 (2015)

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