Assistant Professor

+44 (0)131 451 4636
Room 1.26
Edwin Chadwick Building
Heriot-Watt University
Fan Wang
  • Atrium design for hot climate;
  • Solar-Wall heating system;
  • Modelling of building control and management;
  • Airflow in and around buildings;
  • Entrance design for public buildings in windy places;
  • Building ventilation and indoor air quality studies;
  • Computational fluid Dynamics (CFD) applications in built environment.
Selected publications


  1. C Forest, F Wang, P Woods, R M MacGregor, The 'District Heating Wall': a synergistic approach to achieve affordable carbon emission reductions in old terraced houses, in press, Low carbon economics.
  2. F Wang, et al, A Feasibility study on Solar-Wall systems for domestic heating - an affordable solution for fuel poverty, Solar Energy V86, I9, (2012) P2405-2415
  3. F Wang & A H Abdullah,Design and low energy ventilation solutions for atria in the tropics, Sustainable Cities and Society, V2, (2012), P8-28.
  4. A H Abdullah, F Wang, Investigating thermal conditions in a tropic atrium employing CFD and DTM techniques, International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies (2011), V6 P171-186
  5. A H Abdullah, F Wang, QL Meng & LH Zhao, Field study on indoor thermal environment in an atrium in tropical climate, Building & Environment 44 (2009) P 431- 436
  6. Q Ye,F Wang, JJ Ye, Y Zhang & YM Li, The Impacts of Green Technology applications to a rental office buildings in Shanghai High Tech Zone, Proceedings of the 5th International Green and Intelligent Building Conference and Expo 2009
  7. YX Chai, JJ Ye, F Wang, Whole Life Cycle Assessment of three common low energy technologies applied in a renovated office building in Shanghai, Proceedings of International Conference of Building Performance Simulation, Glasgow, 27th - 30th of July 2009
  8. F Wang, LL Bai, J Fletcher, J Whiteford & D Cullen, Development of the methods for small domestic wind turbine, "Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics". P1-24 Vol 96, 2008
  9. F Wang, LL Bai, J Fletcher, J Whiteford & D Cullen, Development of Small Domestic Wind Turbine with Scoop and Prediction of its Annual Power Output, "Renewable Energy" P1637-1651, Vol 33, 2008
  10. W. Li, F Wang & S Bell, Simulating the sheltering effects of windbreaks in urban outdoor open space, "Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics" P533-549 July 2007
  11. F Wang, Modelling effects of shelterbelt on space heating in Scottish Offices, "Energy and Building", 38, 1443-1454, 2006.
  12. Chenghu Hu & F Wang, Using a CFD approach for the study of street level winds in a built-up area, "Building and Environment" 40 617¨C631, 2005
  13. F Wang & Y Liu, Thermal Environment of the Courtyard Style Cave Dwelling in Winter, "Energy and Building", V34, 985-1001, 2002
  14. F Wang & I C Ward, Radon Entry, Migration and Reduction in Houses with Cellars, "Building and Environment" 37, 1153-1165, 2002
  15. F Wang & I C Ward, The Development of a Radon Entry Model for a House with a Cellar, "Building and Environment" 35, 615-631, 2000

Fan studied first Physics and then Architectural Technology in Zhejiang University. In late 80s' he worked as a university lecturer in building physics and architectural engineering and his research concerned vernacular technology and architecture and low cost building design. His early studies into thermal behaviour of earthen tower buildings, one of traditional Chinese dwellings earned him two major scholarships to continue his research in University of Sheffield in UK.

In Sheffield he developed a number of CFD models examining heating problems in large heavy buildings, radon entry in houses with cellars, and flow optimisation in continuous casting. Then he brought the modelling expertise to Battle McCarthy, a very active consulting firm specialised in environmental design, where he worked closely with engineers, architects and planners on various projects on environmental and sustainable building design, including the World Trade Centre in Amsterdam and the Millennium Tower in Nairobi.
Since he joined the School of Built Environment Fan has been teaching subjects in architectural engineering and carrying out research in airflow and thermal modelling. His special interests are in VAC in hot climate, wind safety and comfort in built environments and building/system thermal performance modelling. More recently he has been exploring how modelling can help optimising control algorithm to achieve best performance of building systems. Fan's engagement in green building design also includes promoting practise in low energy buildings design and sustainable urban development, for which he has been invited to give guest lectures as visiting professor in China, the most populated and rapidly industrialised country. He is technical advisor to Dept of Development and Renovation, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences. He was a member of Peer Review College of the UK government funding research council Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from 2000 to 2003.

He has received research awards from various organisations, from research councils, like EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering and governments, such as Scottish Executives and Malaysia Education Ministry. His most recent research on developing solar-wall heating systems was sponsored by Scottish Government and industrial organisations.