Holly's research has predominantly focused on building energy and renewable technology performance evaluation and how evidence found from case study buildings can inform future design process/design energy predictions. Her background is in building services design and lighting research.
Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Holly was a post-doctoral researcher in the lighting research group and teaching fellow in environmental design at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA, The University of Sheffield).
Holly obtained her PhD and MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Sheffield (UK). Her PhD was conducted as part of the EPSRC Energy-Futures Doctoral Training Centre, which included an additional year of research/study in a variety of Energy related topics. Her PhD research was undertaken in collaboration with international building and infrastructure consultancy Mott MacDonald, and the Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) Building Performance Evaluation Programme.
Holly's research contributed to the Best Building Operation award at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards (2013), as well as the Enterprise Award, and highly commended for the Field & Laboratory Research Award at the Leeds Sustainability Institute RISE (Research, Innovation, Sustainability, Enterprise) Awards 2015.
Holly also worked as a building services design engineer for international building consultancy Buro Happold prior to completing her PhD.
Building energy management
Renewable energy technologies
Energy demand reduction
Building energy performance evaluation
Lighting and cycling
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Science, Technology and Arts
Predicted vs actual energy consumption of new 'low carbon' office buildings (2010-2013). Funded by EPSRC.
Advanced Engineering MSc Courses
BEng Energy Engineering
BEng Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Energy Management
Fundamentals of Thermofluids
Environment and Society
Sports Equipment Design
CASTLETON, H, FOTIOS, S, QASEM, H (2015). 'Lighting for cycling: detecting road surface hazards'. 28th Session of the CIE. Manchester, UK, June 28 - July 4, 2015. OP21. Volume 1. 217-222.
FOTIOS, S, CASTLETON, H, CHEAL, C, YANG, B (2015). 'Lamp spectrum does not affect pedestrians’ judgements of the emotion of others as conveyed by facial expression'. 28th Session of the CIE. Manchester, UK, June 28 - July 4, 2015. PP17/PO1-64. 740-744.
FOTIOS, S, CHEAL, C, UTTLEY, J, CASTLETON, H, QASEM, H (2015). 'Misleading ratings of perceived safety. 28th Session of the CIE'. Manchester, UK, June 28 - July 4, 2015. PO2-60. 1628-1631.
MURPHY, E, CASTLETON, HF (2014). Predicting the Performance of a New Low Carbon Office Building – a Case Study Approach, Building Simulation and Optimization, London, UK, 23rd – 24th May 2014.
CASTLETON, HF, HATHAWAY, EA, MURPHY, E, BECK, SBM (2013). 'Exceeding Building Energy Design Expectations', International Conference on Enhanced Building Operation (ICEBO13), Montreal, Canada, 11th-14th October 2013.
Guest Lecturer at SSoA