A civil engineer with a background in construction and infrastructure, Douglas plays a key role in Bioregional’s Regions & Communities team.
Douglas’ role is to manage and deliver a four year research project known as the Building Energy Performance Improvement Toolkit (BEPIT) funded by Innovate UK. Douglas will be embedded in the construction team at a large Oxfordshire housebuildng project to observe and capture how contractors, designers and subcontractors interact to deliver 400 ground-breaking zero carbon homes. The aim of the project is to help achieve greater certainty and efficiency in the delivery of high environmental standards in housing and work towards closing the performance gap that is regularly encountered in projects of this scope.
Prior to joining Bioregional in 2013, Douglas worked on a range of housing projects in Germany and the UK, with his previous role as a site analyst for Stewart Milne on AIMC4 (pioneering the volume production of low carbon homes). Douglas’ educational background is civil engineering where he graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a first class Honours degreee before going on to collect an MSc in Advanced Structural Engineering. His BSc dissertation focused on sustainable housing design whilst his later studies looked at how to improve offsite timber frame systems.
In his spare time Douglas enjoys building things (proud owner of a man shed/pub in his garden), enjoys swimming in ice cold Scottish lochs and relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book at the end of a hard day.