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

Sustainability, Architectural Design and Research units.

Student supervision

PhD project proposals (currently not funded):

- “Qualitative and contextual influences on behaviour of building occupants and their representation in building simulation”

- “Potentials and limitations of Integral Theory as an assessment framework for environmental design.”


Research projects

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]

Research interests

OCCUPANT BEHAVIOUR IN BUILDINGS, physiology, psychology, behaviour and interaction on an individual and company level, occupants as the link between building design and performance. 

QUALITATIVE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT IN ARCHITECTURE, the difficulty to 'measure' quality, interplay of qualitative and quantitative parameters.

CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE; climate analysis, climate extremes, adaptation and mitigation

THERMAL AND VISUAL COMFORT, adaptive thermal comfort, daylighting, occupant perspectives

BUILDING SIMULATION; modelling of occupant behaviour in buildings,  weather data for building simulation

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