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Building Services & Energy Performance

The Building Performance and Services Group (BPS) focuses on the integration and development of innovative design methods and technologies to achieve living environments that take into account occupant comfort.

In addition to promoting sustainable use of resources such as heating and cooling energy, ventilation, daylighting and electricity.

Carlos Ochoa

Senior Researcher

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Carlos Ochoa

Carlos joined the team in July 2018, and has a PhD and MSc in Architecture from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, on the subject of architectural planning of intelligent facade elements.

He works as Senior Researcher in the Building Performance and Services Group (BPS), developing and researching innovative technologies for next generation buildings that prioritize user comfort with energy saving.

Prior to joining the IERC, he worked at Technion as Senior Researcher in H2020 projects, and had a postdoctoral stay at Eindhoven University of Technology. Additionally, he had His Bachelor studies are in Architecture, having graduated from Universidad Centroamericana “Jose Simeon Canas” of El Salvador.

His research focus is on balancing energy savings with user quality, and is also knowledgeable of sustainable design of climate-adaptable buildings using both passive and active technologies.

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Jo Southernwood

Senior Research Engineer


Jo Southernwood

Jo is a Senior Research Engineer who joined the IERC in February 2017. She is a skilled low carbon energy specialist with over 10 years’ experience in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies in the built environment.

Jo is the project coordinator for the Horizon 2020 funded NOVICE project, which is exploring solutions that combine energy efficiency with demand side response to improve the return on investment for deep energy efficiency retrofit projects.

Before joining the IERC, Jo was the Director of UK based energy consultancy, Carbon Minded, where her role involved developing climate change strategies for public sector bodies, conducting renewable & low carbon technology feasibility studies, and advising organisations on the energy efficiency solutions that best meet their needs.

Her research interests include innovative financing mechanisms for energy efficiency, enhancing the energy flexibility of buildings and improving building energy performance.

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Yongli Yuan


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Yongli Yuan

Yongli joined the team in September 2018 as a research engineer. She received her PhD degree in HVAC Engineering from Tongji University, China.

Her current role is to assist the funding applying and execution of IERC projects with a particular focus on building energy system modeling and analysis.

Previously, She was a senior research engineer in Carrier Shanghai Research & Design Center, UTC. She was a key researcher of several projects for next generation HVAC system development, focusing on thermal system modeling with Dymola/Modelica.

Her research interests are in design and modeling of HVAC&R system and Building energy system.

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EnerPort - P2P Energy Trading

Electricity sector is transiting through a major infrastructural change where several new business models are being developed. EnerPort is an industry-led collaborative research project that will investigate new market models for peer to peer energy trading. This involves implementing blockchain technology with smart metering and designing and demonstrating of residential hardware and software platforms in the Power Electronics Research Centre laboratory in NUI Galway. It will develop a new software tool for the co-simulation of electricity distribution networks and blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading. This project also aims to address the key challenges around these hardware and software requirements and protocols, as well as issues around markets, regulations and policy.

Research Partners

Industry Partners

  • Systemlink
  • MSemicon
  • Verbatm

Academic Partners

  • IERC
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Insight Centre for Data Analytics