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Holly Castleton

Dr Holly Castleton

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering


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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    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.

    Mechanical Engineering

    Advanced Engineering MSc Courses

    BEng Energy Engineering

    BEng Mechanical Engineering

    Industrial Energy Management

    Renewable Energy

    Fundamentals of Thermofluids

    Engineering Principles

    Environment and Society

    Sports Equipment Design

  • Research

    Mott MacDonald

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    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.

  • Other activities

    Guest Lecturer at SSoA

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