Cinthia Espino

Sustainability Consultant

BArch., MSc Environmental Design and Engineering, LEED Green Associate

Cinthia is a Sustainability Consultant in the Sustainable Futures team. She has collaborated on several projects carrying out SAP assessments, energy analysis, microclimate assessments and daylight, sunlight and overshadowing (DSO) analysis.

She is now specialising in offsite construction where she has been working with different clients providing new services such as product assessments for manufacturers, advice on selecting a prefabricated building system, and guidance on selecting a manufacturer for developers. She recently became a Bronze member of the Offsite Management School, part of the Supply Chain School. She promotes the use of prefabricated solutions as she acknowledges the benefits these have both in the industry and in the environment.

Cinthia is usually involved in Research and Development projects such as Supurbia and offsite construction studies for different projects. She is also looking to incorporate new skills to the team like multi-objective design optimisation with the use of different tools like Rhino, Grasshopper and Octopus, or the recently released Hone Tool for IES VE.

Before working at HTA, Cinthia was a BIM consultant at NittyGritty Ltd where she worked with several clients such as AHMM, KCA and Eric Parry Architects. Cinthia is also committed to bridging the gap between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Energy Modelling (BEM).

Cinthia holds an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett, UCL, her dissertation called “Interoperability between BIM and BEM: An assessment of Autodesk Revit and IES VE” was marked as outstanding and she is currently looking to optimise the method to import models from Revit into IES VE to perform environmental analysis.

Prior to joining HTA Design Cinthia worked as an architect in Mexico where she was project architect and project coordinator in mid to large-scale projects for the private, public and retail sector. While she was in Mexico she achieved the LEED Green Associate accreditation and became an instructor for the exam preparation course.

Her experience in offsite construction since she joined HTA include a wide variety of projects. In Brick by Brick Smaller Sites Programme she worked closely with the client, and 6 other design firms to develop an analysis of over 50 sites in Croydon to categorise each of them based on the proposed design and site characteristics and recommend the most suitable construction system, ranging from traditional to volumetric. Cinthia was in charge of the coordination of the design information from the different architects involved as well as the cost analysis and structural analysis from the external consultants to assess each site.

She also worked along with Cast for the HCA to develop a methodology to advise local authorities on selecting housebuilders and offsite manufacturers based on the needs of the project.

Cinthia has worked on product assessments for TATA Steel Europe and other manufacturers to analyse the suitability of their products in the residential market in the UK, this includes design and technical feasibility, environmental analysis and marketability of the product. She is currently working on a product assessment of a prefabricated walling system for a cladding manufacturer to find the suitability of the system in the UK residential market.

And more recently, Cinthia has also worked on projects in Dublin and Edinburgh producing feasibility studies and construction methodology reports to assess the different options of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) for the development, and learning about the different requirements and regulations for energy and sustainability.

She is also collaborating in other projects doing daylight and sunlight assessments, SAP calculations and BREEAM Communities.