John Grant

John Grant BSc, MSc , MPhil

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change


I am a senior lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change at Sheffield Hallam. In addition to my research duties, I lecture specifically on issues of Energy, Buildings and integrated renewable energy systems, Climate Change, Sustainability in the Built Form and Environmental Management.


My initial town planning experience was in development control where I managed a full caseload of planning applications from both the public and commercial prospective. This extensive background in planning has been enhanced through the continued planning practice in the advice and research carried out in the Resources Research Unit (RRU).

The work requires a broad working knowledge of energy and relevant town planning policies, the impacts of specific renewable energy technologies (i.e. biomass, hydro solar thermal and electric, and wind power) and general environmental issues. In my work as a planning officer and a research associate I have delivered information verbally, graphically and in the written form to non-professional audiences. I recognise the need to impart this often controversial information clearly and confidently and the importance of explaining the reasoning in the planning decision process.

Specialist areas of interest

The Adaption and Design of Domestic Dwellings for a Changing Environment

Energy Consumption within buildings (ie Passivehaus, Earthships, EPC's and SBEM)

Non-technical limitations to renewable energy (RE) development

Renewable energy scoping studies

Energy surveys and analysis of buildings


Resilient Sheffield: A Strategy for Facing Climate Change: 2010-present
The Adaption and Design of Domestic Dwellings for a Changing Environment: 2009-present
"SUCCESS" The Development of a sustainable energy strategy for China: 2003-2005
Conisbrough and Denaby Renewable Energy (CADRE) Project: 2000-2002
Case Study Report 1 - Gazelle Wind Turbines: 1998-2000
Towards an Integration of Environmental and Ecology-Oriented Technology Policy: Stimulus and Response in Environment Related Innovation Networks” (ENVINNO)
Energy Use in the United Kingdom Non-Domestic Building Stock: 1996-1997
Urban Planning Maximising the Use of Renewable Energies: 1995-1996
Renewable Energy Scoping Study for Boughton Village: 1995
Renewable Energy in Municipalities: 1993-1995


Journal articles

Mortimer, N.D., & Grant, J.F. (2008). Evaluating the prospects for sustainable energy development in a sample of Chinese villages. Journal of environmental management, 87 (2), 276-286.

Mortimer, N.D., & Grant, J.F. (2008). Analysis of energy use in a sample of Chinese villages. Journal of environmental management, 87 (2), 268-275.

Mortimer, N.D., Elsayed, M.A., & Grant, J.F. (2000). Patterns of Energy Use in Nondomestic Buildings. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 27 (5), 709-720.

Horne, R.E., Mortimer, N.D., Hetherington, R., & Grant, J.F. (1996). A comparative assessment of the energy and carbon balance of utilizing straw. Energy, 21 (2), 77-86.

Mortimer, N.D., Kellett, J.E., & Grant, J.F. (1995). Rural renewable energy use for urban sustainability. Pacific & Asian Journal of Energy, 5 (1), 67-78.


John teaches sustainable planning, environmental impact assessment and wider environmental issues. He is also working on his PhD which is studying the sustainable responses to the projected effects of climate change on the UK housing stock and hopes to outline the challenges UK residents are going to face (especially those on low incomes) and will seek methods of both mitigating and adapting to these challenges.

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