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Liane Duxbury

Liane Duxbury MSc, OCR, SAP

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design


Liane is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment.  Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University she held the position of Head of Domestic Technical Team at Stroma Certification, managing three strands of energy and sustainability assessment: Domestic Energy Assessment (DEA) On-construction Domestic Energy Assessment (SAP) and Code for Sustainable Homes. (CSH).

During this time she was an influential member of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) advisory groups for SAP, Part L and the Code for Sustainable Homes acting as member of an expert group drawn from government, academics and certification providers to advise the UK Government on issues relating to the review and development of conventions within UK building regulations, in order to standardise the assessment process and align with the requirements of Part L and the transition towards the UK Governments zero carbon ambition.

  • About

    Liane graduated in MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (AEES) with the University of East London and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in 2007 gaining a distinction for her studies.  She is also a qualified Code for Sustainable Homes, SAP and BREEAM assessor. 

    As a building scientist, her main interests lie in the field of energy and building performance, looking beyond the concept of ‘bricks and mortar’ to discover how buildings, their design and construction, impact on the local and global environment and the health, wellbeing and satisfaction of communities and building users.

    In addition to advising the UK Government on the reformation of energy and sustainability regulations and standards, Liane has held an advisory role in relation to the retrofit and environmental upgrade of buildings, acting as a key member of an expert panel advising  Arup, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) the Institute for Sustainability (IfS)  and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in early consultations regarding potential opportunities and challenges of implementing and achieving the Barking Riverside Development Project and the Thames Gateway Retrofit Project. During this time she also contributed as an advisor to the development of the ‘Retrofit for the Future’ initiative.

    Liane continues to maintain her links with industry and certification policy and procedure in her ongoing role as advisor within the Stroma Impartiality Committee, which oversees the Green Deal Installer, (GDI) Green Deal Advice Service, (GDAS) the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS) and Competent Person Scheme, (CPS). She also currently maintains a key advisory position within the Stroma Certification Governing Body for the Code for Sustainable Homes.  The above roles involve acting as part of a panel of independent and impartial academics and industry experts who oversee the operation and maintenance of the schemes and undertake duties as required by ISO 17065, ISO 17021 and ISO 17024, in order to ensure the effective maintenance of the schemes and ethical and unbiased certification activities.

    Specialist areas of interest

    • Environmental construction and design
    • Building energy performance (specialising in thermal/ energy performance and daylight design)
    • Passive heating, cooling and ventilation
    • Designing the building envelope as an environmental interface
    • Energy and renewables: Low and zero-carbon energy technologies
    • Thermal comfort and occupant health and satisfaction
    • Architectural psychology and physiology
    • Salutogenic and biophilic design
    • The environmental impact of materials
    • Climate change and adaptation
    • Refurbishment and retrofit (retrofit measures and post occupancy evaluation)

  • Teaching

    Liane feels very honoured to receive the following nominations and awards

    • Voted 'Outstanding Teacher' via the Sheffield Hallam Student Voice 2016-17
    • Winner 2015: Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher
    • Winner 2015: Faculty Inspirational Teacher
    • Nominated as 'Inspirational Teacher' 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

    Liane teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses at all levels, and she is part of a PhD supervisory team.  Her teaching also extends internationally via Erasmus exchange and distance learning programmes.  Her teaching modules include


    Level 4

    • Environment and Technology 1
    • Construction Technology 

    Level 5

    • Environment and Technology 2
    • Sustainable Building Construction Studies
    • Sustainable Residential Construction Studies
    • Architectural Psychology (Module Leader) (Hunan University of Science and Technology (HNUST) China, distance learning)
    • Environmental Design (Hunan University of Science and Technology (HNUST) China, distance learning)

    Level 6

    • Environment and Technology 3 (Module Leader)
    • Technical Report
    • Interdisciplinary Practice (International tri-varsity collaborative learning involving Sheffield Hallam, VIA University College, Denmark, and Waterford Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland)


    Level 7

    • Environmental Theory and Practice for Technical Architecture (Module Leader)
    • Academic and Professional Portfolio
    • Professional Project
    • Major Project Supervisor
    • Advanced Environmental Strategies
  • Research

    Liane undertakes continual and comprehensive research in all aspects of her specialist teaching areas. The field of environmental design is a continually moving platform, new and innovative construction methods, materials and technologies are rapidly emerging. The evolutionary nature of environmental architecture demands a high level of dedication and commitment to ongoing research in order to ensure that teaching content and materials are current, valid and relevant. Liane has a keen interest in the emergence, application and impacts of nanotechnology in architectural design.

    She is also a keen researcher in the field of architectural psychology and physiology.  As a former health and social care teacher and practitioner in the fields of learning disability and mental health, Liane has gained a good understanding of human behaviours and needs. This had led to a strong interest in ‘humanistic’ architecture (architectural psychology and physiology) ie how the built environment impacts upon human psychological and physical health. This is a key area of ongoing research and forms a fundamental underpinning theme in all areas of her teaching.

    Her humanistic approach to environmental design inspired her to develop and pioneer an architectural evaluation framework ‘The Hierarchy of Architectural Needs’, which translates Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Human Needs’ into an architectural context using a similar pyramidal, 5-step hierarchy of pre-potency, developed as part of her Thesis research ‘Modern Dwellings: The Heat is On: Developing an alternative design and assessment methodology to protect occupants of urban housing from the extreme heat impacts of climate change, now and in the future’.

    Research involved working with a leading architectural practice in order to explore and identify the primary challenges of designing high-density urban housing within a rapidly changing climate, using their award winning ‘exemplar’ housing regeneration project in South Kilburn, London, as a case study. Exploring how current and future climate may impact on energy usage and shape urban architectural design. The research identified key strategies in ensuring that buildings and communities successfully and simultaneously adapt to, and mitigate climate change.  The research highlighted several important areas for address, resulting in modifications to the final design specifications of the development. 

    Liane is also dedicated to ensuring excellence and innovation in teaching and optimising student engagement and enjoyment in learning. She is continually researching ideas and methods to develop a student centred approach to teaching and learning by looking at new and innovative ways to make learning more meaningful, enjoyable and interactive.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Robertson, F.J., Muller, E., Chisholm, G., Olner, G., & Duxbury, L.S. (2017). Trivarsity, interdisciplinary BIModelling/Management (BIM) workshop: an action research international example. International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling, 6 (4), 37-56.

  • Other activities

    Liane is a keen environmentalist, with a strong personal interest in low-impact building and community projects which increase environmental awareness, education and enhancement.  She has actively participated in the construction of several small-scale community woodland round-wood buildings and straw bale construction projects.

    She also holds a strong personal interest in horticulture, in particular wildlife gardening, organic growing and permaculture, and is currently engaged with setting up and testing an experimental domestic-scale aquaponics system and permaculture growing area from which she hopes to undertake future research and knowledge sharing.

  • Media

    Liane has spoken on the Energy Green Paper in the House of Commons, and at the Welsh Assembly Government, and has successfully organised and delivered training and conferences on Part L, the Code for Sustainable Homes and the UK transition to zero carbon, to architecture, planning and construction professionals at conferences and workshops across the UK.

    She has also delivered workshops on future proofing communities and sustainable architecture at RIBA conferences, and has provided Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminars for CIAT members at specialist events.

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