Professor Timothy Sharpe

Head Of Department



Has expertise in:

    Professional Activities

    2022 - Chair, Scottish Government Adaptations Advisory Committee

    2022  University of Strathclyde / NHS Lanarkshire Strategic Partnership Board

    2022  Panel Member, Royal Academy of Engineering Infection Resilient Buildings report

    2021 - Member, World Health Organisation High-Level Expert Group on COVID-19

    2021 - Expert Panel Member, Cabinet Office Technical Advisory Panel to UK Government Departments

    2021 - Invited Expert member, BSi Development Group, BS 40102-1, Health and wellbeing, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and overheating in buildings - Part 1: Health and wellbeing in buildings

    2021 - 2022 Chair Scottish Government Covid-19 Ventilation Short Life Working Group

    2021  Focus group meeting - HSE evidence report on ventilation

    2021 –2022   Chair RIBA Presidents Awards for Research

    2021 - Glasgow City Council, Home Energy Retrofit Feasibility Study - Advisory Group

    2020 - Member UK Government Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - Environmental and Modelling Group

    2019-20  Specialist committee member on the Indoor Air Quality at home Quality Standards Advisory Committee, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Committee on Indoor Air Quality

    2019 – present  Building Regulations Advisory Committee, ventilation and airtightness

    2019 – present  SAP Industry Forum Group: Home energy Storage (heat and electricity) Working Group (SAPIF - HES) 

    2018 – present  Construction Leadership Council, Innovation in Construction workstream

    2018 – present  Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working group The Effects of Indoor Air on Children's Health Across the Lifecourse

    2018 – present  Member of the British Standards Institute (BSi) retrofit working group, Air Tightness and Ventilation

    2017 – present  Topic Expert, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Committee on Indoor Air Quality

    2017  Selected to participate in MRC funded UK-China AMR Workshop, Shanghai, November 2017 

    2017 – present  Judge, Saltire Society Housing Awards

    2018  Invited member Scottish Government EESSH Review Phase 2 - subgroup - Innovation and Technology

    2016 – present  Member UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, Chair Ventilation sub-group

    2014 – present  Chair NHBC Scotland Technical Committee

    2017 – present NHBC Construction Quality Expert Panel

    2016  Evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ‘Healthy Homes and Housing’

    2015 – 2016  Zero Carbon Hub Ventilation Steering Group

    2014 – 2017  NHBC Standards Group

    2013 – 2015  Invited reviewer Institute for Sustainability

    2012 – present  Visiting Professor, Guangzhou University

    2015 – 2018  Construction Scotland Innovation Centre Technical Advisory Group, Design and Performance Theme

    2011 – 2016  Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluator

    2011 - 2012  European Association for Architectural Education Research Committee

    2006 - 2016  Member AHRC Peer Review College

    2007 – 2012  GSA Board of Governors

    2009 – 2013  Academic Co-Director Mainstreaming Innovation

    2007 – 2009  Common Academic Framework working group

    2002 - 2020 Convener and panel member Masters validation panels

    1999 - 2016  Academic Council, Glasgow School of Art 


Strathclyde Pandemic Research Journeys : Personal Accounts of Research During the Covid Period
Sutter Jens, Morton Alec, Maguire Roma, Littlejohn David, Allan Grant, Cogan Nicola, Combe Malcolm, Corrigan Damion, Cooper Benjamin, Egan Kieren, Flowers Paul, Grez Hidalgo Pablo, Inns Tom, Janssen Xanne, Kleczkowski Adam, MacBryde Jillian, Reilly Grant, Megiddo Itamar, Mwaura Samuel, Sharpe Tim, Sambajee Pratima, Suckling Colin, Carver Mark
Thermal comfort assessment of the first residential Passivhaus in Latin America
Moreno-Rangel Alejandro, Sharpe Tim, McGill Gráinne, Musau Filbert
Journal of Building Engineering Vol 43 (2021)
Indoor air quality assessment of Latin America's first Passivhaus home
Moreno-Rangel Alejandro, Musau Filbert, Sharpe Tim, McGill Gráinne
Atmosphere Vol 12 (2021)
Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people
Holgate Stephen, Grigg Jonathan, Arshad Hasan, Carslaw Nicola, Cullinan Paul, Dimitroulopoulou Sani, Greenough Anne, Holland Mike, Jones Benjamin, Linden Paul, Sharpe Tim, Short Alan, Turner Briony, Ucci Marcella, Vardoulakis Sotiris, Stacey Helen, Hunter Lindsey
Environmental Pollutant Exposures and Public Health (2020) (2020)
SPI-B/EMG : MHCLG Housing Impacts Paper - 10 September 2020
, Sharpe Tim, Bear Laura, Kamal Atiya, Melendez-Torres GJ, Naldzhiev Dzhordzhio, Yardley Lucy
Influence of ventilation use and occupant behaviour on surface microorganisms in contemporary social housing
Sharpe T, McGill G, Dancer S J, King M-F, Fletcher L, Noakes C J
Scientific Reports Vol 10 (2020)

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Research interests

  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership - Anderson Bell Christie Architects. Community Carbon - Zero Carbon Neighbourhood tools, Innovate UK £243383 +
  • PI Identify effective ventilation guidance and practice to mitigate airborne viruses in new build non-domestic buildings. Scottish Government Building Standards Division, £10k+
  • CI Renfrewshire Town Centres Climate Resilience Programme, Phase 1, ERZ £2.5k
  • CI SBRI Innovation Funding, Smarter Home Indoor Air Quality Monitoring System, SBRI: FamilyAIR : Personalised, Actionable Air Quality Monitoring for the Entire Family, phase 2, Filament Ltd, £ 298,338+
  • CI SBRI Innovation Funding, Smarter Home Indoor Air Quality Monitoring System, SBRI: Monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health, phase 2, Applied Nanodetectors, £297,594 +
  • CI SBRI Monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health, Phase 2, Measure, inform, nudge: an integrated, human-centric air quality measurement and visualisation system, arbnco, £299257+
  • PI Research to identify if changes to guidance in Standard 3.14 Ventilation in 2015 have been effective in improving ventilation and indoor air quality, Scottish Government Building Standards Division, £35k+
  • PI National Core Study, PROTECT: Theme 2, WP 2.3 – Environmental monitoring. Health and Safety Executive Phase 1 £107k+, Phase 2 £241554
  • PI National Energy Foundation, SuperHomes Retrofit rating scoping exercise, Innovate UK, Microgeneration Certification Scheme £12k#
  • PI VELUX ACTIVE Indoor climate control, Velux £25k#
  • CI Breathing City: Future Urban Ventilation Network. NERC NE/V002082/1 £499k*
  • CI Evaluating Options and Outcomes in The Retrofit of pre-1919 Glasgow Tenement Housing: A Demonstration Project, SFC £250k +
  • CI Improving housing management leading to improved health outcomes, Leeds City Council, GovTech, SBRI, Innovate UK, £50k +
  • PI Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction: Follow-on funding. AHRC AH/S010467/1 £87k*
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, John Gilbert Architects, Development of the ‘Passivhoos’ concept. Innovate UK, £272 +
  • PI Ability of decentralised mechanical ventilation to act as ‘whole-house’ ventilation systems in new-build dwellings; Building Standards Directorate, Scottish Government, £30k +
  • PI Influence of ventilation design on the prevalence of anti-microbial bacteria in homes. AHRC AH/R00207X/1. £250k *
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Cartwright Pickard Architects, to develop innovative tools for applying building information modelling (BIM) and building performance evaluation (BPE) for application within the build to rent market. £221k +
  • PI Gannochy Trust for BPE project investigating health and ventilation design in a new-build housing scheme for the Gannochy Trust in Perth, Gannochy Trust and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. £36k #
  • PI Greendykes - Alternative ventilation strategies for flats, part funded from EDC and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre £27 k#
  • Organising and Scientific Committee of Passive and Low Energy Architecture international conference Edinburgh, Forum Leader, Building Performance Evaluation
  • PI Health effects of modern airtight construction AHRC AH/N006607/1 £52k *
  • CI Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage in Low Carbon Dwellings (FITS-LCD) EP/N021479/1, EPSRC £1.22m * 
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, John Gilbert Architects, Building Performance Evaluation of existing dwellings £168k + A rated. +
  • PI Designing and monitoring energy performance in house designs, Dualchas £15k #
  • CI Sam Foster Architects: Building Performance Evaluation £5k #
  • PI, Research project –  To investigate occupier influence on indoor air quality in dwellings, Building Standards Directorate, Scottish Government, £40k +
  • PI Building Performance Evaluation study, Glasgow House follow-on projects, Wheatley Group £10k #
  • CI, Building Performance Evaluation Scoping Study, Verco Ltd., £3.5k #
  • Organiser and chair conference ‘Building Performance Evaluation – Why and How?’, Glasgow Feb 2013-02-06
  • PI meta-study of MVHR systems in new housing, funded by the Technology Strategy Board £50k +
  • Conference Organiser and Chair, ‘Building Tight, Ventilating Right?’ Air Quality in Housing 2nd February 2012
  • PI Dormont Park Passivhaus Building Performance Evaluation for Dormont Estate funded by the Technology Strategy Board £63k +
  • PI, SFC Innovation Voucher  - Dormont Estate Passivhaus Zero Carbon Assessment £5k #
  • PI Murray Place Performance Evaluation for Hanover Scotland Housing Association funded by the Technology Strategy Board £62k +
  • PI Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Cartwright Pickard Architects, Building Performance Evaluation 2012 £130k +
  • PI Highland Expo Phase 2 Building Performance Evaluation, for Architecture and Design Scotland/Scottish Government, funded by Technology Strategy Board £150k 2011 +
  • PI The Glasgow House Phase 1 Building Performance Evaluation, for Glasgow Housing Association funded by Technology Strategy Board £47k 2011 +
  • PI Bloom Court Building Performance Evaluation, Energy Conscious Design, funded by Technology Strategy Board £27k 2011 +
  • CI Ti-Na-Cladich Building Performance Evaluation, Fyne Initiatives funded by Technology Strategy Board Building £55k 2011 +
  • PI Sunshine, Health and Wellbeing in Housing. AHRC/SFC Knowledge Exchange Programme – competition: A call for proposals on health, the environment and the arts and humanities - A healthier Scotland £52k 2010 *
  • Expert Evaluator, Technology Strategy Board, Building Performance Evaluation programme £8m, 4 year programme, 42k p.a. +
  • PI, PassivTen: Developing options for refurbishment of tenement properties in Glasgow's East End to Passivhaus standard £18k 2011 #
  • Renewable Energy Systems on Buildings, Springer Verlag London Ltd
  • PI, A research project to develop guidance for occupiers on how to live in a low carbon home – Scottish Government Building Standard Directorate £10k 2011 +
  • Journal Paper Reviews: Journal Peer Review: Indoor and Built Environment;  Building Research and Information; Science of the Total Environment;  Energies — Open Access Journal of Energy Research, Engineering and Policy;  Energy and Buildings;  Building Services Engineering Research and Technology; Sustainability; Environmental Research Letters; Journal of Energy and Power; Ain Shams Engineering Journal; Building and Environment; Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development ; Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment; Intelligent Buildings International; Remote Sensing.
  • Expert Reviewer on a Research Grant submitted to the cross-council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing - Phase 3 call Medical Research Council 2010, Carnegie Trust 2015.
  • Book review: Fundamental Building Technology (2nd edition), Spon Press 2010
  • Book review: Lessons from the Workshop: A Designer’s Primer of Materials and Making, Routledge 2010
  • PI The Glasgow House Post Occupancy Evaluation – PoE and analysis of low energy public housing £5k 2010 #
  • Academic Director CICStart online LUPS/ERDF/2008/2/1/0237 (£959k) 2009 – 2012 +
  • PI 9-11 Gilmour's close - comparing theoretical performance of a suite of sustainable installations in the building against their actual performance £5k 2011 #
  • PI Glasgow Housing Association design advice on the Glasgow House £22k 2010 #
  • PI Development of Post Occupancy Evaluation for evaluation of innovative low carbon social housing projects, CICStart feasibility Study £5k 2010 #
  • PI Enkelt Simple Living CICStart feasibility Study £5k 2010 #
  • CI and research developer EPSRC funded project  “Environmental assessment of domestic laundering” £522k 2009 – 2011 EP/G00028X/1 *
  • PI CROSSFLEX. Building Integrated Wind Turbine concept development, in conjunction with Proven Engineering Ltd, funded by SMART (Scottish Executive 70k) 2009 #
  • PI Wyndford energy Efficiency Project. Feasibility Study into energy efficient upgrading of 1800 dwellings on the Wyndford Estate, for CUBE Housing Association. 35k 2009 #
  • PI Sheeps Wool Feasibility Study. Successful KTTBE funding award for a feasibility study into the use of blown sheep’s wool as an insulation material, for Alan Polkinghorne Associates. 5k 2008 #
  • CI on successful AHRC funding application “Scoping study as the basis for more detailed research into wider social participation in the architectural design process”  80k 2008 *
  • Successful KTTBE funding award for a feasibility study into the energy use of wind turbines on a multi-storey housing block in Clydebank 5k 2007 #
  • •Member organising committee for  Eurosun 2006, Glasgow, international solar conference (venue Glasgow Caledonian University) via the SSEG (Scottish Solar Energy Group), SES, UK (Solar Energy Society) and ISES-Europe (International Solar Energy Society).
  • PI Dundasvale Court environmental Assessment, Examination of constructional problems for high-rise flats for Glasgow Housing Association 2006 £15k
  • Newberry Tower Wind Turbine. Project to install and monitor wind turbine on campus building, funded by Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, Glasgow City Council. £25k
  • BTS Phase 1. Low level monitoring programme of community heating system in rehabilitated tenement building for Govan Housing Association, funded by the Lighthouse.
  • SAP SURVEY FOR COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND, Low level monitoring program that aims  to validate theoretical SAP calculations against performance data.
  • Building Integrated Wind Turbines – studies into feasibility of building integrated wind energy funded by BRECSU and GCC
  • SAP+ funded research into the development of the Standard Assessment Procedure energy model
  • Glazed roof preheat spaces – an investigation into their contribution to energy efficiency. A project to evaluate the use of glazed roofs as pre-heat spaces in domestic construction. Funded by Energy Action Scotland, Project built by Dumbritton Housing Association
  • An evaluation of CAD as a method for enabling user participation in housing design. Research Funded by Scottish Homes to investigate the current use of participation in design and the potential of CAD to act as a participatory method.
  • Scottish BREDEM. In conjunction with the BRE and funded by right to warmth, a project to develop a spreadsheet version of the BREDEM and SAP methodology.
  • T84 Feasibility Study GCC. Commissioned by Glasgow City Council to undertake feasibility study and EU Thermie submission for solar thermal upgrading of T84 housing blocks in Glasgow
  • Priesthill Housing. Consultancy to Glasgow City Council Property Services for new-build housing – advice on energy efficient improvements and participatory development of proposals.
  • Building Health in Glasgow. Exhibition Commissioned by The Department of Public Health, Glasgow University

Professional activities

Building Tight, Ventilating Right?
Indoor Air (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Delivering Healthy Homes: Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation with Tim Sharpe
Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA (External organisation)
Building and Environment (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Energies — Open Access Journal of Energy Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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KTP - Anderson, Bell, Christie Ltd. The project will develop a toolkit to incorporate holistic net zero carbon measures into their design process, enabling creation of net zero carbon communities.
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) McElroy, Lori (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
Research to identify effective ventilation and indoor air quality guidance and practice
McElroy, Lori (Principal Investigator) Sharpe, Tim (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Measure, inform, nudge: an integrated, human-centric air quality measurement and visualisation system
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Toledo, Linda (Researcher)
SBRI Phase 2 Project - follow on from RKES 201683
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Environmental monitoring: National Core Transmission Study (Phase 2)
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Research to identify if changes to guidance in Standard 3.14 Ventilation in 2015 have been effective in improving ventilation and indoor air quality
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) Howieson, Stirling (Co-investigator) McElroy, Lori (Co-investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator) Toledo, Linda (Researcher)
Scottish Governement Tender response (consultancyu services)
18-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
National Core Study: Covid Transmission (Building a resilient future by understanding the environmental and transmission risk factors related to SARS-CoV-2 (Covid 19)
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021

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