Dr Marina Topouzi
Researcher in Lower Carbon Futures
Marina Topouzi is an interdisciplinary researcher with the Energy research group at the ECI, with a strong background in building energy use and demand. Her main research interests concern the ‘building/user’ system, focussing on the factors that affect buildings’ energy performance from construction to in-use. She is interested in how complex social, non-technical and technical factors are interrelated and in particular the impact they have on energy in the built environment. Marina’s research interest areas include:
- The ‘performance gap’ between intended/modelled design and actual performance of the built environment;
- Relationships between low/zero carbon buildings (refurbished and new) and their occupants;
- Thermal comfort, built environment and energy use;
- Building performance monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation combining innovative tools and techniques;
- Flexibility (or inflexibility) of household everyday activities, practices and routines on electricity demand.
Prior to starting academic research on energy efficiency and buildings, she worked since 2000 as a professional architect in a wide range of projects for the public and the private sector.
Member of the steering task group for the BSI PAS 2035: 2019 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance to support the Each Home Counts Quality Mark for domestic retrofit in the UK sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
- Research Eco retrofit app (EPSRC IAA-funded project March 2019- March 2020). Development of a smart phone app as a learning platform and risk management tool to support low-energy skills literacy and to mitigate risk of poor-quality retrofits by increasing users' understanding of technical problems, roles and responsibilities during the retrofit process. The multi-level functionality of the app will allow users from different sectors to select offline the level of information they need to build up their learning and ability.
- At The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), exploring policies for reducing energy demand further and how policy can support energy demand changes that go beyond highly cost-effective energy efficiency, incorporating deeper technical changes and user practices, involving consideration of both technology-focused and people-focused policies. This will be explored in two particular contexts: a)Policies for deep refurbishment of buildings; b) Policies for householder and organisational engagement. The work on deep refurbishment will analyse policy initiatives and policy mixes across the world. In addition, it will develop knowledge on three key aspects of deep renovation: time, timing and policy design; intermediaries and the supply chain; and the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.
Marina holds an undergraduate degree in architecture, having studied in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Architecture and Universita degli Studi di Firenze. She has an MSc. in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings from Oxford Brookes University and a DPhil from Oxford University (‘Occupants’ interaction with the UK’s low-carbon retrofitted homes and its impact on energy use’).
She joined the ECI in 2009, since then she worked in collaborative projects as research associate in the EVALOC community project at Oxford Brookes University and as research assistant in analysing and evaluating energy data of a heat pump trial at Oxford University. Prior to starting academic research on energy efficiency and buildings, she worked since 2000 as a professional architect in a wide range of projects for the public and the private sector.
- Governance of Low-carbon Innovation in Domestic Energy Retrofits (GLIDER), explored the institutional context and patterns of decision-making among construction firms in the market for Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) of homes investigating retrofit process risks of low-carbon housing stock renovation and procedures to avoid or minimize risks in a retrofit process to increase quality assurance between design and implementation stages.
- RealValue project (Realising Value from Electricity Markets with Local Smart Electric Thermal Storage Technology) using domestic storage heating in Ireland, Germany and Latvia to benefit households and electricity markets explored how small scale energy storage systems, within people’s homes (e.g. Smart Electric Thermal Storage Systems ‘SETS’) can provide benefits to the whole electricity supply chain, from generation and distribution, through to wholesale markets and suppliers and ultimately to the end consumer
- CNTUR (Collecting New Time Use Resources Energy-24), an interdisciplinary programme based at the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) in the Oxford University explored combined multidisciplinary methodological approaches and tools to collect, analyse an visualise data on electricity consumption, physical activity and time use in households.
- Fawcett, T. and Topouzi, M. (2019) The time dimension in deep renovation: evidence and analysis from across the EU. Proceedings of ECEEE Summer Study - Belambra Presquile de Giens, France.
- Topouzi, M., Fawcett, T., Killip, G. and Owen, A. (2019) Deep retrofit approaches: managing risks to minimise the energy performance gap. Proceedings of ECEEE Summer Study - Belambra Presquile de Giens, France.
- Darby, S.J., Higginson, S., Topouzi, M., Goodhew, J. and Reiss, S. (2018) Getting the balance right: can smart thermal storage work for both customers and grids? Consumer impact study, RealValue project Horizon 2020. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
- Higginson, S., Topouzi, M., Andrade-Cabrera, C., O'Dwyer, C., Darby, S. and Finn, D. (2018) Achieving Data Synergy: The Socio-Technical Process of Handling Data. In, Foulds, C. and Robison, R. (eds.) Advancing Energy Policy. Palgrave Pivot, Cham.
- Killip, G., Owen, A., Morgan, E. and Topouzi, M. (2018) A co-evolutionary approach to understanding construction industry innovation in renovation practices for low-carbon outcomes. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
- Killip, G., Own, A., Topouzi, M. and Morgan, M. (2017) Governance of Low-carbon Innovation in Domestic Energy Retrofits in the UK. The International Refurbishment Symposium: Conference Papers. The International Refurbishment Symposium, 15 Sep 2017, Institution of Engineering and Technology, London.. 19-24.
- Topouzi, M., Killip, G. and Owen, A. (2017) Learning from 'horror' stories: a plan of work to reduce the performance gap in deep retrofit. Proceedings of 33rd Passive and Low Energy Buildings (PLEA) International Conference, 2th-5th July 2017. Edinburgh, NCEUB.
- Topouzi, M., Killip, G. and Owen, A. (2017) Retrofit ‘daemons’ in the process of low-carbon housing stock renovation. Proceedings of ECEEE Summer Study - Belambra Presquile de Giens, France.
- Topouzi, M., Grunewald, P., Gershuny, J. and Harms, T. (2016) Everyday household practices and electricity use: Early findings from a mixed-method approach to assign demand flexibility. BEHAVE, 4thEuropean Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Coimbra, 8-9 September 2016.
- Janda, K.B. and Topouzi, M. (2015) Telling tales: using stories to remake energy policy. Building Research and Information, 43(4): 516-533.
- Topouzi, M. (2015) Occupants' interaction with low-carbon retrofitted homes and its impact on energy use. Unpublished DPhil, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford.
- Topouzi, M. (2015) Deep low-carbon refurbishment challenge: what hasn't worked as designed? Proceedings of ECEEE European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study. 1–6 June 2015, Presqu'île de Giens, France.
- Topouzi, M. (2013) Low-carbon refurbishments: How passive or active are technologies, users and their interaction. Proceedings of ECEEE European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study. 3-8 June 2013, Presqu'île de Giens, France.
- Janda, K.B. and Topouzi, M. (2013) Closing the loop: using hero stories and learning stories to remake energy policy. Proceedings of ECEEE European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study. 3-8 June 2013, Presqu'île de Giens, France
- Topouzi, M. (2012) From design to implementation: Conceptual framework in understanding occupants' interaction with the technical change in low-carbon retrofits. Proceedings of the Energy Efficiency & Behaviour conference, 20-21 Sept 2012, Helsinki.
- Topouzi, M. (2011) Understanding occupants' interaction with the technical change in low-carbon retrofits: a methodological and conceptual framework. Proceedings of the ECEEE European Council for Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study 2011, Hyeres, France.
- Topouzi, M. (2010) The effect of 'default user' inputs in modelling tools and methods in energy use. Proceedings of Passive and Low Energy Architecture - PLEA, Brussels..
- Topouzi M. (2005), Triestexpo 2006, 'The mysterious island'. Architektonika themata=Architecture in Greece, Annual Review, No 39/2005, p.71.