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Steve Lorimer is a town planner-urban designer, and currently is a research associate funded by a Sustainable Cities Small Grant Award at the Bartlett School of Planning in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and by Professor Peter Jones at the Centre for Transport Studies in UCL Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, and research tutor for sustainable and urban design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. In the recent past, he was supported by an EPSRC Strategic Award to do research in the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. During the summer of 2013, he will be moving to Imperial College London to research the interaction of the built environment and digital technology at the Sustainable Society Network.

He did his doctoral work at the University College London Energy Institute, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. His thesis investigated new ways of modelling electricity use outside of heating in the residential sector. The first finding was that carefully measuring floorspace was no better at predicting energy use than counting the number of habitable rooms, meaning that the model could be tested against actual usage levels for an entire neighbourhood, city, or nation. The second finding was that non-heating electricity usage does not level off as homes get larger; instead the increase of consumption accelerates. The third finding was that consumption scales up and down depending on the entire collective of buildings in a number of urban, suburban, or rural typologies as well as the size of the building itself.

Outside of his thesis, Steve has done a variety of research work in sustainability and the built environment in the UK, including a wide-ranging review of energy research in residential and commercial buildingshow practitioners can approach urban design and climate change, the relationship of sustainability and sport, urban meteorology, the impact of hedonism on energy demand, behaviour change in the use of electronics, and the impact of locking organisations into private-finance initiaitives.

Formerly, he was an associate at the urban design and planning consultancy Urban Initiatives in London and Dublin. He was also one of the primary authors of the London Housing Design Manual, on dimensions and standards for urban design and domestic architecture for the Greater London Authority. In practice, he was project manager for urban design and planning projects ranging from large scale regeneration at the Poolbeg Peninsula in Dublin, sustainability appraisals of housing proposals at the Aylesbury Estate in South London, and training of urban designers for Urban Design London. In planning practice, he is an expert in scenario building and game-playing, with the Ashford Game being named Regeneration Innovation of the Year by Regeneration Magazine.

Academic Work

Current research projects

Cities for Human Locomotion. Bartlett School of Planning with Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), UCL Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Sponsored by a UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Small Grant.

Reducing Resource Use in the Household. Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), UCL Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering with Bartlett School of Planning. Sponsored by the Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Catalyst Grant from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Past research projects

Non-transport impacts of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. UCL Centre for Transport Studies. Sponsored by Transport for London.

Exploring locational influences in energy consumption through spatial analysis. UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Sponsored by an EPSRC Strategic Award.


Modelling and validation techniques for bottom-up housing stock modelling of non-heating end-use energy in England, PhD in Energy and Built Environment, UCL Energy Institute

The high technology-led business park : a lesson in cross-national policy transfer, MPhil in Town Planning, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers

Lorimer, S. (2012) "A housing stock model of non-heating end-use energy in England verified by aggregate energy use data." Energy Policy, 50 (0), 419-427

Lorimer, S. (n.d.) "The use of conditional demand analysis in English domestic non-heating energy modelling." Building Research and Information, under review

Lorimer, S. (n.d.) "Place and energy consumption: Using multilevel models to predict the effectiveness of area-based schemes." Environment and Planning A, under review

Lorimer SW, Thielen K, Jang M (2012) "The impact of hedonism on domestic hot water energy demand - the case of the Schanzenfest, Hamburg." Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB12, Proceedings of Third Annual Conference. Stockholm: KES International. In press.

Lorimer, S.W. (2010) "Potential for a neighbourhood income-based domestic energy model for ordinary electricity use in England." CESB 10:  Central Europe Towards Sustanable Building - From Theory To Practice, 295-298. Prague: International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment.

Other work

UK Energy Research Centre - research landscape for residential and commerical buildings, submitted (peer-reviewed)

Lorimer, S. (2011) "Workshop reflects on findings of major urban climatology project" Planning 1917:31, 9 September 2011 (print version) (extended version)

Rydin, Y, Lorimer, S and Seymour, R. (2011) Sustainability and the Sport Sector with Yvonne Rydin, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and  Russell Seymour, Marylebone Cricket Club, September 2011. Research paper for the UCL Environment Institute and the British Association for Sustainability in Sport

Competition EDF Sustainability Design Challenge with Central St. Martin's Textile Futures Group.

CitiesMethodologies Exhibition 5-7 May 2010, Slade School of Art Research Centre, Woburn Square, London

Upgrade report, October 2009 : Socioeconomic effects on the modelling of energy use of appliances, electronics, and lighting in dwellings

"Urban Design and Climate Change - A primer" at the Royal Town Planning Institute, September 2009


Tutor, Master of Architecture thesis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Design tutor in urban planning and design, MSc in Transport Studies, UCL and Imperial College

Teaching "Urban design and climate change – a primer (extended edition)" at the European Urban Summer School in Wroclaw, Poland for the UN-HABITAT programme 10-19 September 2010

Teaching sustainable design, University of the Neighbourhoods Summer School, Hamburg, August 2011

Module "History of urban form", MSc Planning, Policy, and Practice, South Bank University, Autumn 2008

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Consultancy Work

Housing Design Guide for the Mayor of London and Design for London. Role: Project manager and principal investigator
Greater Ashford Development Framework now being implemented in the South East of England. Role: Researcher
Sustainability appraisal of the Aylesbury Estate Area Action Plan in South London. Role: Document author
Workshop design and delivery for Urban Design London, a training consortium of the Greater London Authority and its 33 local planning authorities (32 Boroughs+City of London). Role: Project manager and training delivery



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    - Friday, 09 December 2011 [31.2MB]

    I talk about my current research on the Global Lab, a podcast about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology produced by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL-CASA). My interview starts around 11'. See for more details.

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