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 in several projects carrying out SAP assessments, energy analysis, microclimate assessments and daylight sunlight and overshadowing (DSO) analysis. 

She is now specialising in modular 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 promotes the use of prefabricated solutions as she acknowledges the benefits this has both in the industry and 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. Cinthia is also committed to bridging the gap between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Energy Modelling (BEM).

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. In her role as a BIM consultant, she also did thermal simulations and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis for AHMM.

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 is currently looking to optimise the method to import models from Revit into IES VE to perform environmental analysis.

Some of the main projects Cinthia has worked on include Brick by Brick Smaller Sites Programme where she worked closely with the client, Cast, Pell Frischmann 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.

Cinthia 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.

And more recently, she has also worked in 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.

Cinthia 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.

She is also collaborating in other projects doing daylight assessments, microclimate analysis and SAP calculations.