Sue Roaf

Current research interests include the emerging field of Low Carbon Building design incorporating issues of passive building performance, efficient technology, building integrated renewable energy generators and human behaviour and subtle controls to create low energy and low carbon buildings; natural ventilation of buildings; the adaptation of buildings and cities for climate change and fuel poverty.

Selected publications
  1. Nicol, J. and S.Roaf (2007). Adaptive thermal comfort and passive buildings, in Santamouris, M. (Ed.) Advances in Passive Cooling, to be published by James & James Science Publishers.
  2. Roaf, S. and R. Gupta (2007). Optimising the value of domestic solar roofs: drivers and barriers in the UK, in Sustainable energy: opportunities and limitations: An introductory review of the issues and choices, edited by Dave Elliot, to be published by Palgrave/McMillan publishers (In press).
  3. Meir, I. and S. Roaf (2006). Confort termico-masa termica:vivienda en climas calido-secos, Estudios del desierto, edited by Michael Schorr Wiener, published by the Universidad Autonoma De Baja California, Mexico
  4. Nicol, J.F. and S. Roaf (2005). Post Occupancy Evaluation and Thermal Comfort Surveys, Building Research and Information, London. Guest Editor of this Special Issue with Fergus Nicol, Spon Press.
  5. Roaf, S. (2005). Drivers and Barriers for Water Conservation and Use in the UK, chapter in, D. Butler and F. Memon (Eds.), Water Conservation and Reuse. Spon.
  6. Meir, S. and S. Roaf (2005). The future of the vernacular: Towards new methodologies for the understanding and optimisation of the performance of vernacular buildings, in L.Asquith and M. Vellinga (Eds.), Vernacular Architecture in the Twenty-First Century: Theory, Education and Practice, Spon.
  7. Roaf, S. (2005). Sustainable Benchmarks for Post Occupancy Evaluation, in W. Preiser and J. Vischer, Post Occupancy Evaluation, published by Harper Colins, New York.

Sue Roaf gained her first degree in Architecture in 1975 at Manchester University. She subsequently went on to gain her Diploma in Architecture at the Architectural Association in London where she also took her Part 3 professional exam in 1978. In 1989 she was awarded a PhD for her study of the Windcatchers of the Central Persian Desert from Oxford Brookes University where she taught from 1989 to 2005 both in professional studies, technology and design. She has practiced for a number of years on the design of housing, schools, hospitals and town planning.

She is best known as a designer for her Oxford Ecohouse which was the first UK building with an integrated photovoltaic roof. She is an award winning designer, teacher and author and is Co-Chair of TIA, the international Teachers in Architecture organisation and Co-Chair of the Westminster Carbon Counting Group. She has also chaired a number of International Conferences including the 2nd International Conference on Solar Cities in 2006, the 1994, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Windsor Conferences on Thermal Comfort (with Fergus Nicol), and the 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2008 TIA conference on Architectural Education (with Marco Sala). She has sat on a wide range of committees related to planning, urban design, architecture and local government. She began teaching at Heriot Watt in 2007 in the School of the Built Environment.