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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment



Mark Dowson is a design minded engineer in Buro Happold’s Sustainability and Building Physics team with specialist knowledge in refurbishment, product development, energy auditing and energy policy.

He joined the team in September 2008. He is currently leading the development of a bespoke sustainability framework for the Arup Building refurbishment at the University of Cambridge, UK. Mark is currently involved in a number of projects, including the University of Cambridge Arup Building refurbishment. Through a stakeholder engagement process, Mark has developed a bespoke Sustainability Framework, setting 50 targets for the contractor led design team and the building users to adhere to.

Mark conceptualised & developed an innovative solar-air heater incorporating aerogel, successfully integrated into the façade a newly refurbished 1960s end-terrace in South East London, pre-heating its mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system. The product was the winner for the “Passive Product of the Year” at the 2013 CIBSE Building Performance Awards.

In 2012, Mark completed a four year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) investigating the thermal efficiency of the UK’s existing housing stock as well as developing and testing new retrofit  products incorporating high performance ‘silica aerogel’ insulation to reduce demand for heating and artificial lighting in existing buildings.

Sustainability engineer,
Buro Happold
Dr Mark  Dowson
Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
energy auditing and energy policy
product development
building refurbishment
sustainable construction
sustainability and the built environment