Monica Mateo-Garcia

Monica Mateo-Garcia
Birmingham City University | BCU · Birmingham School of the Built Environment

PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Urban Planning

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Introduction
Dr. Monica Mateo-Garcia is Lecturer in Built Environment at Birmingham City University. She holds a Doctorate in Architecture and Sustainable Urban Planning from the University of Alicante. Her fields of expertise include: 1. Low carbon building design: development of strategies for low energy refurbishment, non-destructive testing (using thermography, U-value monitoring, etc.) 2. Energy performance and post-occupancy evaluation in buildings. 3. Comfort assessment in building environments: Indoor Air Quality monitoring; user comfort and well-being.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - present
Coventry University
Position
  • Research Associate in Low Carbon Refurbishment
Description
  • Development of research on low carbon technologies in refurbishment of public buildings related to a current 4 year EU FP7 project based across Europe, including Coventry University campus buildings.
September 2015 - November 2016
Coventry University
Position
  • Research Associate in Low Carbon Refurbishment
February 2014 - February 2014
University of Pavia
Position
  • Lecturer in International Workshop
Description
  • Lecturer in the international workshop "ABC" - "Accessibility and Buildings’ Conservation", financed by the EU. Pavía, Italy. An Intensive Programme Erasmus in which students learnt how to improve the accessibility of historical university buildings.

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Publications (30)
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Asbestos is a mineral product that was widely used as a construction material in the second half of the twentieth century. The discovery of diseases caused by the inhalation of its fibres led to the establishment of regulations to protect workers and prohibit its marketing. The article describes the most important mineralogical types from the const...
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There is urgency to transform Europe into a low-carbon economy to reduce the risk of climate change and achieve sustainable energy security. One of the most cost-effective measures to meet energy reduction targets, as clearly specified in the “European Economic Recovery Plan”, is to address performance of existing building stock. Buildings account...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyse extant literature on POE of a building’s operations and performance as a means of holistically mapping the existing body of knowledge (BOK); identify impediments preventing its wide-scale adoption throughout practice; and develop new theory that seeks to integrate digital technologies (such as buildin...
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Purpose This study aims to investigate the behaviour of building users and how this impacts upon building energy performance. Specifically, the work examines the behavioural traits of able-bodied users of a large higher education building who erroneously access and egress the building using doorways intended for disabled users. Design/methodology/...
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Building performance improvement through low-energy renovation traditionally involves building performance diagnostics of the existing building, technology evaluation, selection and implementation. Effective building performance diagnostics, post-retrofit assessment and user engagement are essential to deliver performance as well as achieving socio...
Preprint
The ambition of mitigating environmental and social impact of building industry has led to a renewed interest in rammed earth construction. Earth building is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the most modern construction methods of our time. What economic, environmental, and social conditions are necessary for an upscaling of earth to oc...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore contemporary attitudes amongst UK construction professionals regards fire safety post the Grenfell Tower disaster. Specifically, the research examines practitioner’s perceptions of fire safety design, material specification, construction and maintenance of high-rise blocks throughout a building’s whol...
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Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is essential for the health and productivity of building users. The risk of overheating in buildings is increasing due to increased density of occupancy of people and heat emitting equipment, increase in ambient temperature due to manifestation of climate change or changes in urban micro-climate. One of the soluti...
Technical Report
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This book illustrates experiences in the EU funded RESSEEPE project and serves as guidance to apply the methodology of refurbishment developed within RESSEEPE. RESSEEPE is a FP7 EU funded project whose main purpose is to bring together design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a strong demonstration programme t...
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There is urgent need for Europe to transform into a low-carbon economy to reduce the risk of climate change. The building sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the total energy consumption in Europe. In order to achieve substantial energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, low-energy retrofitting of existing buildings becomes a very im...
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1.0 Introduction REtrofitting Solutions and Services for the enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings (RESSEEPE) is an EU funded project that focuses on the refurbishment of existing public buildings in three European cities: Coventry (UK), Barcelona (SP) and Skelleftea (SW). Aims of the project:  Bring together design and decision mak...
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Retrofitting Solutions and Services for the enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings (RESSEEPE) is an EU funded project which aims to bring together design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a programme to demonstrate the improved building performance achievable through the retrofit of existing build...
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El pabellón conocido como ‘The Hive’ fue concebido por el artista británico Wolfgang Buttress para representar a Reino Unido en la Expo de Milán 2015, cuyo lema era ‘Alimentar el planeta, energía para la vida’. Este lema pretendía recoger y mostrar formas sostenibles de alimentar a una población mundial en continuo crecimiento protegiendo nuestro e...
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The building sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the total energy consumption in Europe. In order to achieve substantial impact in terms of energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, renovation and retrofitting of existing buildings becomes a very important challenge in both domestic and non-domestic building sectors. Retrofit...
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The assessment of user acceptance is an important process for understanding user satisfaction and perception of the building. When planning the refurbishment of an existing building it is essential to engage the users on their perception of how the building performs relative to their comfort, health and wellbeing. This important view is often ignor...
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Among the different possibilities of working on the built heritage, architectural prosthetics represent an interesting option to be considered, as they allow integration by contrast and not by imitation. The paper describes, first, what these architectural prosthetics are and, second, their condition as lightweight structures. In the first, the mos...
Thesis
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This thesis aims to demonstrate the impact of new construction techniques on the idea and materialization of contemporary architecture using case study and interview methodology that addresses the future teaching of construction from the hypothesis of how knowledge transfer occurs in architecture and how it can be extrapolated globally through the...
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Although the CTE facilitates the application of geophysical prospecting techniques as complementary information to mechanical borings for the geotechnical characterization of the ground, its use in building is little widespread, making appropriate studies that analyze the benefits of its use. This article presents a comparative analysis of the resu...
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This article reveals the existence of a Venturo House on the coast of Alicante, unnoticed until today by architectural critics. This building, a paradigm of the Houses of the Future, icons of the rise of plastic in the architecture of the 60s and 70s, is one of the few Venturos designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen still existing in the...
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The project and the works described in this article mainly deal with the removal of the current asbestos-cement covering of the roof of the Central Market in Alicante and its replacement with zinc diamond-shaped scales, similar to the originals which were implemented in 1921 when the building was put into service. These upgrades were necessary to a...
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The increase of building pathologies related to the use of stone materials and the use of ventilated stone veneers, requires the reformulation of design concepts in building façades and also the reformulation of the architectural project. The aim of this paper is to identify, analyze and evaluate synthetically building pathologies in stone ventilat...
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El proyecto tiene como objetivo la planificación de contenidos, materiales y metodologías docentes, de acuerdo con el Espacio Europeo de Enseñanzas Superiores, del Segundo Curso del Grado en Arquitectura para el curso 2011/12. Para ello han formado parte del trabajo los profesores que podrán ser coordinadores/as de las asignaturas y estarán implica...
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The three-dimensional condition in building construction requires the use of 3D drawing as the most effective project and technical and formal knowledge transfer tool. The aim of this paper is to show the application of 3D graphic expression in a historical analysis of the evolution of industrialized enclosure in architecture, identifying its main...
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The development of new materials of synthesis using adhesives with Posidonia oceanica from recycling processes, and its application to building systems, may allow the design of building facade cladding with better mechanical behavior and greater environmental sustainability. This communication aims to study and evaluate briefly the main mechanical...
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The new Spanish legislation in Energy Saving, similar to European regulation, provides new technical requirements to adequate technical solutions used in integral rehabilitation of existing buildings. The aim of this paper is to present, analyze and discuss the main thermal insulation constructive solutions best suited to a Mediterranean climate, a...
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The implantation of the new Architecture Degree and the important normative changes in the building sector imply the need to use new teaching methodologies that enhance skills and competences in order to response to the increasing requirements demanded by society to the future architect. Our proposal is a practical application of the requirements f...
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La evolución en el uso de los materiales pétreos y sistemas constructivos de fachada ventilada influye y condiciona el concepto del diseño de los cerramientos de fachada de los edificios y del proyecto arquitectónico. El objetivo de esta comunicación es identificar, analizar y valorar de forma sintética los principales condicionantes técnicos que d...
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Crop 4: In between A project that makes the mute façades of the city blush involuntarily at the fluctuations in the theatre of urban society, at its unpredictable needs. The new scene of patchwork (pollution filters, energy-collecting and climate regulation panels, hoardings and signs) covers the vertical spaces and captures the explosion of urban...

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What is the potential of circular economy in the construction industry? We are trying to understand current circular economic awareness in the design stage of the construction industry for end of life repurpose.
#circulareconomy #construction #waste #lean
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Professor of Construction David Boyd and Lecturer in Built Environment Mónica Mateo-García from Birmingham City University, are interested in the long-term implications, which house designers will need to take account of in future. Please complete the short (5 min) anonymous questionnaire to assist with the research. Thanks! #iaq #covid19 #buildingdesign
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I am teaching a module called Research in Practice in Architectural Technology and one of my students is doing a research into why rammed earth is barely used for buildings in the UK. She has produced a short questionnaire to gather information about this. It would be great if the research community could help with this, either by answering the questionnaire or by responding here in the thread.
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We are trying to find a cost-effective solution for a research project and we are looking at reducing the number of parameters to monitor only the key ones that can give us a reliable broad picture to easily detect a poor indoor environment, as a first step before undertaking a more in-depth analysis to understand the causes. We suspect that temperature, humidity and CO2 should be in the equation, but not so sure about the benefit of measuring others such as PM2.5, TVOC, Air Pressure, Nitrogen Dioxide or Ozone.
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This forum aim is to reflect on how research can inform practice and share good practice accross the construction industry.
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Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) is the process of evaluating a building after handover and obtaining feedback on a building's performance in use. This has been used in the UK for a while. I was wondering if there is a similar approach in other countries.
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We are looking at monitoring Indoor Air Quality parameters for a research project. We have been using so far a uHoo sensor, as it seems one of the few in the market that monitors more parameters. It monitors 9 different parameters and data can be logged, saved in the cloud and retrieved in excel form. Is there any other IAQ sensor that monitors a wide number of parameters and allows to log and retrieve data? We would appreciate suggestions on this.
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I published some years ago an article about a Venturo CF45 designed by Matti Suuronen that I found in Spain. I would like to continue looking for other examples in other places so they can be preserved, as people don't know of their existence, not even their owners.
Futuro House, also designed by Matti Suuronen, it's very well-known, with lots of websites, books and even lists with the location of the examples still existing. However, the Venturo House it's not so well-known. There is little information about it.
I would appreciate any collaboration of anybody who is also interested in this topic.

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The main aim would be to research what prevents the implementation of authoritative guidance of rammed earth in UK and whether there is market for the larger housing schemes which could incorporate the stabilised rammed earth. The objectives would to conduct the primary research with built environment professionals currently working in the UK's construction industry, trying to find out whether implementation of rammed earth wall systems is possible in UK and whether it is possible to challenge the policy makers to release an authoritative guidance.
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This project relates to different aspects of "Healthy buildings": building occupant comfort and wellbeing, building performance evaluation, building pathology and non-destructive testing.
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Light Building skins project aims at bringing together all my research in the fields of lightweight façades and advanced building skins.