Elisabetta Li Destri Nicosia

Associate, Senior Sustainability Consultant


Elisabetta joined HTA in June 2013. She is a Senior Sustainability Consultant with an architectural and engineering background specialised in sustainable design and building performance analysis. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Construction Processes from IUAV University, Venice. Elisabetta is a qualified Low Carbon Energy Assessor (LCEA) for non-domestic buildings (levels 3, 4 and 5) as well as a Low Carbon Consultant for both Building Design and Simulations.

Before joining HTA, Elisabetta specialised in the study and simulation of microclimate and energy modelling, including U-value and thermal bridging calculations. In addition, she participated in courses on Energy Management, European Project Funding and Ethical Management. She is especially interested in daylight and sunlight issues. Starting in 2006, she undertook specialist courses in the subject and since then has worked on a variety of projects to understand the impact of daylight and sunlight on people and their environment.

At HTA, Elisabetta introduced the services of daylight and sunlight analysis for the support of planning applications, and has provided training in these services for other members of her team. From a project’s very early stages, she maintains close contact with the wider design team to ensure high-quality buildings. Her main interest lies in adopting a holistic approach that embraces all aspects related to sustainable buildings and embedding them into the design.

Her experience includes leading the delivery of a multitude of services within deadlines and liaising with clients, the GLA, local authorities, the project team and external consultants. The services include daylight/sunlight analyses, energy calculations (SAP, SBEM, DSM), overheating tests, microclimate assessments and environmental rating systems assessments such as BREEAM Communities, BREEAM New Construction, Code for Sustainable Homes, etc.

Elisabetta has also worked on off-site projects, leading the energy assessment of domestic and non-domestic buildings including the award-winning Karma House, Apex House (currently the tallest modular building in the UK) and Savoy Circus.

Her portfolio includes a variety of services on different scales, ranging from regeneration developments to medium and small projects. She has also prepared technical studies for Environmental Statements (in particular for daylight/sunlight and microclimate analyses) and feasibility studies to develop new energy strategies.

Her past projects in HTA include the assessment of large regeneration projects such as Aylesbury Estate Regeneration in Southwark (one of the biggest projects to ever use the BREEAM Communities rating system) and Merton Regeneration, which includes 2,800 new homes across the three Estates of High Path, Eastfield and Ravensbury.

Elisabetta is currently leading the microclimate assessment of the Winstanley and York Road Estate regeneration project (which could provide as many as 2,700 new homes in Wandsworth), daylight and sunlight calculations for the London Borough of Barnet and the energy analysis of a PRS project in Croydon.