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Dr Robert Fuller

Position: Research Academic
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Architecture and Built Environment
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 52278387 +61 3 52278387
Email: robert.fuller@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography summary

Dr Fuller is a mechanical engineer and has worked in the field of renewable energy for over 30 years at the CSIRO, the Victorian Department of Agriculture, and Melbourne and Deakin Universities. He has published extensively in the fields of thermal modeling and low temperature solar energy applications. He has a particular interest in energy supply for rural areas of developing countries. His current research focus is the sustainability of the built environment, particularly on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. He is a Chief Investigator on two ARC research grants which reflect that focus. In 2013, Dr Fuller spent three months on academic study leave in Sweden.


Qualifications

  • Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, 1978
  • Master of Engineering Science, University of Melbourne, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1995
  • Diploma of Engineering, Willesden College of Technology, 1969


Memberships

Member Australian Institution of Engineers

Academic

Teaching Interests

Research methods, renewable energy, sustainability


Student supervision

  1. Diasana Putra, PhD., The Impact of Tourism on the Transformation of the Traditional Balinese House, Co-supervisor, on-going.
  2. Susan Mellersh-Lucas, PhD., Self-reflective Practice in Sustainable Design, Co-supervisor, completed.
  3. Robert Crawford, PhD., Using Input-output Data in Life Cycle Inventory Analysis, Co-supervisor, completed.
  4. Tony Leung, Masters (Research), Performance Study of a Daylight Guiding System in an Office Building, Supervisor, completed.
  5. Telia Curtis, Masters (Research), Solar Thermal Crop Dryer for Preservation of C. indium nuts in Remote Regions of Melanesia, Co-supervisor, enrolled at UNSW, completed.
  6. Chris Lamborn, Masters (Research), Evaluation of an Environmental Rating Tool for Commercial Building Design, Co-supervisor, completed.
     


Conferences and seminars

Recent Refereed Conference Papers

  1. de Jong, and Fuller, R.J. (2014). A Tale of Two Historic Coastal Towns: Dilemmas of Planning and Conservation in Two Victorian Sea Change Settlements ­ Queenscliff and Sorrento. Proceedings of the Urban History and Planning History Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, Feb.
  2. Fuller, R. and Thollander, P. (2013). Lessons from Europe’s greenest city. 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sydney, Sept.
  3. Fuller, R. and Trygg, L. (2013). Six Million in Melbourne or a network of sustainable midi-cities? – a thought experiment. State of Australian Cities National Conference, Nov.
  4. de, Jong U., Fuller, R., Esteban, Y., Ang, S. and Coulson, J. (2013) Evaluation of housing developments for sustainability using a multi-criteria approach, in Unknown (ed.), AHRC 2013 : Housing the needs of diverse populations : Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, pp. 1-18, Curtin University, Fremantle, W. A
  5. de, Jong U., Fuller, R. and Gray, F. (2013) From fibro shacks to McMansions: considering the impact of housing change on the sense of place in the historic Victorian coastal towns of Sorrento and Queenscliff, in Unknown (ed.), AHRC 2013 : Housing the needs of diverse populations : Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, pp. 1-18, Curtin University, Fremantle, W. A
  6. Francis, M. and Fuller, R. (2012) Strategies for improving the thermal performance and comfort levels of a kindergarten in the mountains of Nepal, in Unknown (ed.), Solar 2012 : Proceedings of the 50th Australian Solar Energy Society Annual Academic Conference, pp. 1-10, Australian Solar Council (AuSES), Melbourne, Vic
  7. Sawyer, A. and Fuller, R. (2012) A family-sized greenhouse for a remote mountain region of Nepal, in Unknown (ed.), Solar 2012 : Proceedings of the 50th Australian Solar Energy Society Annual Academic Conference, pp. 1-8, Australian Solar Council (AuSES), Melbourne, Vic.
  8. Myer, F., Fuller, R. and Crawford, R.H. (2012) The potential to reduce the embodied energy in construction through the use of renewable materials, in Unknown (ed.), ASA 2012 : Building on knowledge, theory and practice : Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, pp. 1-8, Architectural Science Association, Gold Coast, Qld.
  9. Lhendup, T., Lu Aye and Fuller, R.J. (2012). Experimental study of coolth charging of an inter-seasonal underground thermal storage system. Proceedings of SOLAR 2012, 50th Annual Australian Solar Council Conference, Melbourne, 5 - 6 December 2012, pp. 1-10
  10. Crawford, R. H., Czerniakowski, I. and Fuller. (2011) Optimising the life cycle energy performance of residential buildings, in Hyde, R.; Hayman, S. and Cabrera D. (eds), ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, pp. 1-8, ANZAScA, Sydney, N. S. W.
  11. Crawford, R. and Fuller, R. (2011) Energy and greenhouse gas emissions implications of alternative housing types for Australia, in Unknown (ed.), Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference, pp. 1-12, Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network (ASCRN), Melbourne, Vic.
  12. Esteban, Y., Ang, S., Coulson, J., Mellersh-Lucas, S., de Jong, U. and Fuller, R. (2011) A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing, in Hyde, R.; Hayman, S. and Cabrera D. (eds), ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, pp. 1-8, ANZAScA, Sydney, N.S.W.

Research

Research interests

Sustainability; renewable energy; developing countries, thermal modelling, urban development


Research grants

ARC Research Grants

  1. LP110200877 - 'Sea change' communities: inter-generational perception and sense of place. With Prof. D. Jones and Assoc. Prof. U. de Jong, Deakin University
  2. LP120200306 - Transforming building environmental design: streamlining environmental decision-making for building designers. With Dr Robert Crawford, University of Melbourne (Administering Organisation)
  3. LP0560426 - Determination of key parameters and control strategies for fabric energy storage (FES) systems for the various climates of Australia. With Dr Mark Luther, Deakin University
     


Research groups

Towards sustainable housing: an assessment of housing developments using a multi-criteria analysis methodology. With Ursula de Jong, James Coulson, Susan Ang and Yolanda Esteban


Research page

http://www.seachange-communities.org


Publications

Publications

Recent Refereed Journal Papers:

 1. Felton, D., Fuller, R. and Crawford, R (2013). The potential for renewable materials to reduce the embodied energy and associated greenhouse gas emissions of medium-rise buildings. Architectural Science Review Published online: 04 Sept.
2. Panagiotidou, M. and Fuller, R. (2013). Progress in ZEBs - a review of definitions, policies and construction activity, Energy Policy, 62, 196-206.
3. Cheung, C.Y., Rajagopalan, P. and Fuller, R.J. (2013). Performance of a daylight guiding system in an office building. Solar Energy, 94. 253-265.
4. Fuller, R. and Zahnd, A. (2012). Solar greenhouse technology for food security: a case study from Humla District, NW Nepal, Mountain Research and Development, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 411-419, International Mountain Society, Bern, Switzerland
5. Fuller, R. J. and Aye, Lu (2012). Human and animal power - the forgotten renewables, Renewable energy, vol. 48, pp. 326-332, Pergamon, Oxford, England.
6. Lhendup, T., Lu Aye and Fuller, R.J (2012). Seasonal coolth storage system for residential buildings in Australia, Journal of Central South University of Technology, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 740-7.
7. Bond, M., Fuller, R.J. And Lu Aye (2012). Sizing solar home systems for optimal development impact. Energy Policy, vol. 42, pp. 699-709.
8. Crawford, Robert, H., Czerniakowski, Isabella and Fuller, R. (2011). A comprehensive model for streamlining low-energy building design, Energy and building, vol. 43, no. 7, pp. 1748-1756, Elsevier SA, Lausanne, Switzerland
9. Fuller, Robert J. (2011) Solar industrial process heating in Australia - Past and current status, Renewable Energy, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 216-221, Pergamon, Oxford, United Kingdom
10. Fuller, R. J. and Crawford, R. H.  (2011). Impact of past and future residential housing development patterns on energy demand and related emissions, Journal of housing and the built environment, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 165-183, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, Netherlands
11. Fuller, R. and de Jong, U. M. (2011). The cost of housing : more than just dollars, Open house international, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 38-48, Open House International Association, Tyne and Wear, U. K.
12. Fuller, R. (2010). Beyond cliché – reclaiming the concept of sustainability, Australian journal of environmental education, vol. 26, pp. 1-12, Australian Association for Environmental Education, Bellingen, N.S.W.
13. Bond, M., Lu Aye and Fuller, R.J. (2010). Solar lanterns or solar home lighting systems - Community preferences in East Timor. Renewable Energy, vol. 35, pp. 1076-82.
14. Lu Aye, Fuller, R.J. and Canal, A. (2010). Evaluation of a heat pump system for greenhouse heating. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, vol. 49, pp. 202-08.
15. Fuller, R.J., Zahnd, A. and Thakuri, S. (2009). Improving comfort levels in a traditional high altitude Nepali house. Building and Environment, 44, 479-489.
16. Fuller, R.J., de Jong, U. and Mellersh-Lucas, S. (2008). The ethics of sustainable housing design: the dilemma for practicsing architects. Architectural Science Review, 51.3, 231-238.
17. Taylor, P., Fuller, R.J. and Luther, M.B. (2008). Energy use and thermal comfort in a rammed earth office building. Energy and Buildings, 40, 793-800.
18. Rachmatullah, C., Aye, L. and Fuller, R.J. (2007). Scenario planning for electricity generation in Indonesia. Energy Policy, 35, 2352-2359.
19. Cheung, C.K, and Fuller, R.J. (2007). Advanced fabric energy storage systems for Australia. EcoLibrium, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, AirConditioning and Heating (AIRAH), March, 24-32.
20. Fuller, R.J. (2007). Solar Heating Systems for Recirculation Aquaculture. Aquacultural Engineering, 36, 3, 250-260.
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Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=fullero


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