Prof Paul Cooper
Professor Paul Cooper is the founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). The SBRC is a unique research centre with approximately 45 staff and students located in one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia. The SBRC Building itself is a net-zero energy living laboratory, which has won a 6 Star Green Star sustainability rating (the highest available) and is on track to be the first building in Australia to win full Living Building Challenge accreditation.
Paul has been involved in a wide range of research on sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past 35 years. His current research interests include: net-zero energy buildings; retrofitting existing dwellings; IEQ in aged care facilities and apartments; automation of natural ventilation systems; innovation in building management systems (BMS); photovoltaic-thermal, cool roof and other innovative building envelope technologies; retrofitting for bushfire resilience; and modular construction methods.
Prior to his present appointment as the Director of the SBRC, Paul was the Head of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Wollongong. He was also the Faculty Advisor and the lead academic on the winning Team UOW Solar Decathlon China 2013 campaign. This project culminated in Team UOW winning this first competition in Asia with the highest number of points scored by any team in the history of all the Solar Decathlon competitions around the world.