Staff profile

Dr Astrid Roetzel

Position: Lect Architectural Sustainability
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Archit. & Built Env.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78752 +61 3 522 78752



Since 2011: Lecturer in Architectural Sustainability at Deakin

2008-2010: University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, Department of Architecture, Research Unit of Indoor Environment and Low Energy Building Design (IELEBD)

2002-2008: HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany, Department of Architecture, Ressource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning Group (REAP)

PhD in Architecture, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany


Subjects and units currently teaching

Environmental, Architectural Design and Research units.


Research interests


The aim of my research is to understand the interactions of various influential parameters in their context rather than focusing on single parameters seperately. It involves investigating the complexity of interactions from different perspectives.

From an architectural perspective key parameters are architectural design, building technology and building controls, from a building occupant's perspective key parameters are thermal and visual comfort as well as cultural and climatic influences, and from an environmental perspective key parameters are greenhouse gas emissions and responsible use of resources.  

I am particularly interested in developing simple assessment methodologies for architects in early design stages and to translate the complexity of human building interactions into useful input for building simulation.



International Energy Agency IEA, Task 66 Annex Project: "Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings"

The aim of the multinational Annex 66 research project is to provide scientific description and clear understanding of energy related occupant behavior in buildings, as well as research methodologies and simulation tools to bridge the gap between occupant behavior and the built environment, thus to assist building design, operation, and energy technologies evaluation through the close co-operation of researchers all over the world. [ project time frame 2013 - 2017]

Integration of qualitative and quantitative architectural sustainability evaluation based on Integral Theory

Project by the environmental research group at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin

The aim of this project is a combined evaluation of qualitative and quantitative aspects of sustainability based on Integral Theory. Applied to architecture, this approach provides the opportunity to address environmental problems in the built environment more holistically than common building rating schemes, which focus predominantly on quantitative parameters. [project time frame 2014 - 2015]

The energy implications of  climate based daylight modelling ENER-DAY

In co operation with Associate Prof. Dr. Aris Tsagrassoulis, Department of Architecture,  University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Climate based daylight modeling (CBDM) criteria has been established in an effort to assess daylighting conditions in buildings. While some building energy rating schemes such as LEED refer to CBDM as the assessment method, others such as BREEAM refer to the static calculation of the daylight factor (DF). The aim of this project is to investigate the impact of CBDM as compared to the daylight factor calculation, and to estimate the resulting impact on final energy consumption and overheating. [project time frame 2014 - 2015]

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