Chiara Fratter

Sustainability Consultant

BArch, MSC Sustainable Environmental Design, MSc Sustainable Construction Processes (Polytechnic Institute of Milan, I.U.A.V - Venice)

Chiara joined HTA in May 2016. She is a Sustainability Consultant with strong technical knowledge and understanding in energy, indoor thermal comfort, building physics and thermal modelling. These were gained through her time in academia and the consultancy sector. She is a Chartered Engineer and Member of CIBSE. She holds an MSc in sustainability Environmental Design (Hon) from I.U.A.V in Venice, as well as, a MSc and BArch in Sustainable Architecture Design from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan.

Her main activities at HTA include energy assessments (SAP, SBEM/DSM calculations), renewable feasibility studies, daylighting, sunlight, overheating and microclimate wind analysis for domestic and non-domestic developments. She specialized in Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) studies and is capable of carrying out Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies.

Chiara is also responsible for the ISO14001 EMS Environmental management system standard, which allows HTA to control its environmental impacts and continually improve its environmental performance.

Prior to joining HTA Chiara worked as researcher, she was based in the Low Carbon Building Group at Oxford Brookes University. Chiara contributed to several UK research projects funded by both UK and EU research councils. She was involved in EVALOC (Evaluating the impact, effectiveness and success of Low Carbon Communities on localised energy behaviours) and in Project ERIC: re-energising communities projects, where she covered several areas of analysis including householder interviews, domestic energy analysis and environmental analysis.

Chiara has experience in energy surveying through approaches such as Building Performance Evaluation (BPE), physical monitoring of energy use, assessments of innovative and Low-Zero carbon technologies through dynamic simulation and assessments of indoor conditions (temperature, relative humidity and CO2 levels) such as overheating analysis. She has also undertaken energy behavioural and electricity end-uses analysis. Her work has been in both domestic and non-domestic buildings.

She holds an MSc in sustainability Environmental Design (Hon) from I.U.A.V in Venice. Previously she achieved an MSc and BArch in Sustainable Architecture Design from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan where her dissertation was on Life Cycle Assessment. Before moving to the UK, Chiara worked as an architect on the architectural and executive design of residential and school buildings for a few firms in North Italy.

Since joining HTA, Chiara has been involved in developing energy assessments, daylighting and sunlight analysis for a wide variety of domestic schemes and bids, which include George Street, Barnet Small sites, Gypsy Corner, and Ravensbury Estate. Chiara has also worked on certifying the sustainability of the Merton Regeneration Project, a large scale development, using the BREEAM Communities standard. She also carried out several wind microclimate assessments on tall buildings schemes, such as George Street and Olympic Office Centre. Chiara has recently completed a POE study for Velux assessing the indoor comfort conditions of its proposed new office in Glenrothes (Scotland) by applying dynamic thermal modelling.

Chiara is currently working on energy assessments including overheating analysis for several small and large scale schemes as well as in off-site construction projects. In addition, she is carrying out a POE monitoring activity on the indoor thermal conditions of the current Velux offices in Scotland. Chiara is keen to use her previous experience of energy performance gap and BPE studies to further develop Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) studies as a standard part of HTA practice.