Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey

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Research Fellow


Kat is an interdisciplinary researcher based in Melbourne with 15 years of experience spanning all manner of energy-related things. She has a PhD in architectural science from the University of Queensland which spawned from work as a sustainability consultant in the building and construction industry. Kat’s policy experience includes reforming the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme and working towards better energy efficiency standards for housing. More recently, she was responsible for delivering Chargefox’s ultra-rapid EV charging network in WA, SA and Victoria.

Kat is currently working on the REVS project, delivering the social science stream.

Electric vehicles

Automation vs manual control of human-oriented spaces

Architectural science

Lucas-Healey, K. (2017). Thermal comfort in context: the social construction of comfort in mixed mode offices in warm humid Australia. PhD Thesis, School of Architecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane. doi:10.14264/uql.2017.612

Healey, K. & Beeson, B, (2014). Reconciling automated and user control of mixed-mode buildings. EcoLibrium, May 2014, 72-80.

Healey, K. (2014). Applying contextual understanding in mixed mode design: a user-centred study of thermal comfort and adaptive control. Proceedings of 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a changing world, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 10-13 April 2014. London: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings

Healey, K., (2014). Measurement and interpretation of thermal comfort in a highly adaptive mixed-mode building. Architectural Science Review, 57(3), 207-214.

Healey, K. (2013). Unforgivable: exploring thermal comfort, adaptation, and forgiveness in a problem green office building. 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Hong Kong.

Healey, K. (2012). Measuring thermal preference and acceptability in highly adaptive environments. 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Gold Coast.

Webster-Mannison, M., Beeson, B. & Healey, K., (2012). A bioclimatic design approach for retrofitting commercial office buildings: what are the ‘rule of thumb’ passive strategies for retrofitting? In: Sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings, Routledge, London.

Healey, K., & Webster-Mannison, M. (2012). Real world inquiry: challenges in mixed-methods thermal comfort research. ISIAQ 10th International Healthy Buildings conference, Brisbane.

Healey, K., & Webster-Mannison, M. (2012). Exploring the influence of qualitative factors on the thermal comfort of office occupants. Architectural Science Review, 55(3), 169–175.

Healey, K., Groenhout, N., Fowler, T., & Merrony, D. (2007). Bond University School of Sustainable Development - successful sustainable design in the subtropics. In ANZSES Solar 07: Is solar our only nuclear option? 45th conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Alice Springs.

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