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Lai Fong Chiu

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Lai Fong is currently a Principal Research Fellow. She joined UCL Energy Institute  after a long and productive research/practice career in both the National Health Service, and Leeds University, UK, with a funding portfolio as a PI and CO-I around £2.4 million. She joined the UCL Energy Institute with the ambition to contribute to the establishment of a socio-technical perspective on energy demand through research, teaching, and PhD supervision.

Lai Fong’s experience in energy building research began with her involvement in two Action Research projects – the St. Nicholas Court and Stamford Brook projects (1999-2008), and as advisor to the high profile UrbanBuzz project – Lowcarb4real (2008-9) – a knowledge exchange initiative that took a multi-sectorial and participatory approach. In 2011, Lai Fong led the qualitative component of a Post Occupancy Evaluation project – FLASH (Facilitation, Learning, And sHaring) – funded by the Energy Saving Trust and Institute of Sustainability, and has been involved in Post-occupancy Evaluation projects in both residential and commercial sectors. She was co-investigator on the Institute’s first large project, PEB-D3 (EP/H051112/1), and on the £6 million EUED Centre for Energy Epidemiology (EP/K011839/1).

Lai Fong led a major case study project as part of the Evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Field Trial commissioned by BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). The Detailed analysis of data from heat pumps installed via the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP) report has impacted on the recent Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2018.

Decarbonisation of heat


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