Elisabetta Li Destri Nicosia

MArch (Dist) MSc (Dist) LCC LCEA

Senior Associate, Senior Sustainability Consultant

Elisabetta is an Associate on the Sustainable Features Team. Elisabetta joined HTA in 2013 and has over 13 years of experience with an architecture and engineering background. She specialises in sustainable design and building performance analysis, and leads multiple complex studies to deliver highly sustainable projects ranging from high to low density. Her experience includes the creation of sustainability visions for award-winning developments and the management of a team of professional consultants specialised in technical studies and sustainability assessments. In addition, she is responsible for developing sustainable management practices for clients and HTA through the implementation of sustainable principles. Elisabetta also participates in debates and delivers presentations at events, such as the CIBSE Build2Perform week, and has written articles for journals such as the Building Magazine. She is a guest lecturer at various universities, including the University of Westminster, the University of Liverpool (London campus), and Cardiff University. At HTA, she is responsible for running the Sustainability Forum, a platform that aims to discuss ideas and share knowledge across the Practice on themes related to sustainability and the environment.

Sustainable Strategies

Elisabetta has worked to create sustainability strategies and visions that help clients deliver highly sustainable schemes to produce sustainable communities where people feel safe and comfortable. This includes the production of assessment tools for the evaluation of building assets and local communities, and for promoting circular economy principles. In 2013 she worked on Hanham Hall, England’s first large-scale volume housebuilder scheme to achieve the zero-carbon standard, and one of the flagship Carbon Challenge schemes promoted by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). More recently, she led the sustainability vision of the Lakes Estate, the first major scheme which is designed according to the 2019 ‘Plan:MK’ standards and which sets up a new vision for the future of homes in Milton Keynes. Elisabetta has also led the delivery of sustainable strategies of schemes using innovative construction methods. This includes three modular projects in Wembley, as well as 101 George Street in Croydon, a 45-storey modular building where passive design solutions have been employed to maximise energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

Building Physics

Elisabetta is a BREEAM assessor, a qualified Low Carbon Energy Assessor (LCEA), and a Low Carbon Consultant for Building Design and Simulations. She is also specialised in daylight studies and thermal comfort analyses and has experience in microclimate (CFD) analysis. Elisabetta leads a team of experts in the delivery of technical studies to support planning applications and deliver highly sustainable schemes. She believes that a holistic approach is fundamental to delivering high-quality projects. From a project’s very early stages, she maintains close contact with the wider design team to ensure that projects account for the most sustainable strategies and that these strategies are then embedded in the design, while also being balanced and well-designed. Her areas of specialty 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, Home Quality Mark, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Circular Economy Statements, and other technical studies which include U-value calculations and mold and condensation risk studies. She has led daylight and sunlight technical studies and set up the sustainability principles of the Aylesbury Estate Regeneration project, one of the Practice’s most significant schemes. Currently, she is leading the technical studies of one of the most ambitious modular housing projects, College Road in Croydon, and is working on the creation of several net-zero carbon schemes, including Kidbrooke Park Road in Greenwich, The Wiltern in Ealing, Joyce and Snells in Enfield, and Little Strand in Barnet.

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