Andrew Robertson is an Environmental Clean Energy Expert.
From industrial chemist to environmentalist, the transformation both in career and individual level for Andrew Robertson is unquestionable.
With a background in science and technology, and a number of patents under his belt, the experience of running several businesses, and now the completion of a Masters Science Degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, Andrew Robertson’s experience allows him to draw on his extensive knowledge and share this with the wider world.
An energy, environmental and architectural consultant, Andrew Robertson is a member of the Renewables Group for the Institute of Domestic Heating and Environmental Engineers. Andrew provides CPD training and seminars on subjects as diverse as:
- Sustainable Architectural Design
- Renewable Technologies
- Energy Conservation
- Minimising Housing Environmental Impact
- The use of Biodiesel as a Central Heating Fuel
Andrew Robertson has many working partnerships including the University of East London, the Centre for Alternative Technology, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He also guest speaks at green build events.
At a personal level, his interest and knowledge of sustainable architecture was put to good use when he repaired his 15th century thatched farmhouse using traditional methods. Features on the house and the renovation have subsequently appeared in Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, Traditional Homes and Interiors and Listed Heritage.
Andrew Robertson has written a series of articles over the past few years for a mixture of magazines and journals ranging from specific industry led to those with a more general perspective. He has recently written his first book, Biodiesel: A Sustainable Heating Oil for the Future and the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers have published Andrews technical paper, Biodiesel Heating Oil, Sustainable Heating for the Future.
Andrew has written articles for a number of journals and magazines including:
- The Journal: Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers
- The Ecologist
- Sustain Magazine
- Clean Slate: The Practical Journal of Sustainable Living
- Oil Heating News
- PHAM: Plumbing Heating & Air Movement News
- Building for a Future: Green Building Press
- Energy in Buildings and Industry
Speaking Topics include:
Biodiesel Heating Oil: Sustainable Heating for the Future.
With the advent of global warming, alternative sustainable and renewable fuels such as biodiesel are now being considered to replace fossil fuels such as mineral diesel. Could other energy markets benefit from the new alternative fuels being developed? This seminar looks at the UK household heating market and considers whether biodiesel could become a suitable household heating fuel. Recent research on biodiesel heating by Andrew is used to consider carbon emissions, health, the environment and the impact on agriculture.
Environmentally Sensitive Heating
UK households produce around 30% of all UK carbon emissions. Around 84% of average household carbon emissions are from heating and hot water appliances. This seminar looks at the alternative renewable and sustainable heating fuels and appliances that are now being considered. Climate change, household carbon emissions, renewable heating and hot water technologies and carbon neutral fuels are all discussed.
UK Housing and Carbon Dioxide Emissions.
As energy prices continue to rise, minimising household energy consumption has become very topical. This seminar explains how conventional and renewable technologies can offset rising energy prices to meet the energy challenge. The seminar considers how the latest passive environmentally sensitive architectural design techniques and sustainable building practice will significantly reduce household energy consumption and carbon emissions for future generations.
Architecture for the Future.
The existing housing stock comprises of the most inefficient energy consuming homes in the UK. This seminar discusses the measures required to improve the thermal performance of our existing housing stock in the face of rising energy costs. The seminar then considers the role of the architect, who will become pivotal, in designing passive environmentally sensitive dwellings that have the highest energy efficiency design as their hallmark.
Earth Building: Sustainable Building for the Future
The beginning of the end for earth building began in 1824 with the invention of Portland cement. Cement is now responsible for 7% of world wide carbon emissions. The seminar looks at earth building and the forgotten skills of clay lump, wattle and daub, cob, adobe, rammed earth and unfired bricks and asks if a 21st century revival is a possibility.
Conservatories, Energy and Global Warming.
Conservatories first became popular with Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition of 1851. Today they are used by millions of homeowners for entertaining and as house extensions. The seminar looks at the passive winter heating benefits of well designed and installed conservatories and highlights using case studies how conservatories can be an environmental disaster and an energy money pit waiting to happen.
Carbon Emissions, Legislation and Heating
Government legislation in the form of building regulations has been introduced to improve the energy efficiency of new buildings. This seminar considers the impact on carbon emissions from housing due to Part L Building Regulations. Other regulatory strategies such as Part F ventilation requirements, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Ecohomes are evaluated. The seminar concludes with a look at conventional and renewable heating appliances, appliance efficiencies and their respective carbon emissions.
Lecture and Seminar subjects include:
Renewable Energy & Heating Technologies
- Electricity Generation:
- Solar PV, Wind Turbines & Micro CHP
- Heating and Hot Water:
- Heat Pumps
- Liquid Biofuels
Architectural Design: Passive Heating & Cooling
- Passive Heating:
- Thermal Mass, Solar Gain Site Orientation and Conservatories
- Passive Cooling:
- Natural Shading
- Roof Overhangs
- Evaporative Cooling
- Passive Ventilation
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Insulation Materials & Techniques
- Air Infiltration & Household Air Pollution
- Glazing Thermal Performance
- Energy “A” Rated Appliances and Low Energy Lighting
- Thermal Zones & Buffers
Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions
- Heating Appliances
- Heating Appliance Efficiencies
- Heat Emitters
- Air Conditioning
- Lighting, Electrical Appliances and Cooking
- Carbon Emissions
Sick Building Syndrome
- Paints and Finishes
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Floor Coverings
- Timber Treatments
Sustainable Construction and Materials
- Block & Brick Walls
- Timber Frame
- Earth Construction Techniques
- Building Materials Embodied Energy Content
- Building Materials Thermal Performance
- Use of Recycled/Reclaimed Building Materials
- Sustainability of Construction
- Minimising Construction Site Waste
Minimising Housing Environmental Impact
- Passive Reed Bed Sewage Treatment
- Minimising Visual Impact: Green Roofs and Natural Screens
- Encouraging Developments Near Local Amenities
- Promote Planting of Local Species
- Reduce Surface Rain Water Run Off
- Encourage Rain Water Harvesting