Academic qualifications:
• PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Thermal Performance of Buildings - Building thermal simulation design tools, Porto University 1995.
• MSc in Thermal Engineering with a specialization in Thermal Performance of Buildings - Evaluation of Thermal Inertia of Masonry Walls, Porto University 1987.
• Civil Engineering degree (5 years), Porto University 1982.
 

Profissional qualifications:
• Building Energy Certification Expert nominated by the Government.
• Sustainable Construction Expert Evaluator - iiSBE Portugal (international initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment).


Occupations  or positions held (date of entry into service):
• Head of the Building Physics and Technology Group of the Civil Engineering Department, 2005.
• Vice-Head of the Research Center in Sustainable Construction, Environment and Territory, 2010.
• Member of the Scientific Board of the Doctoral Course on Civil Engineering, 2010.
• Member of the Pedagogical Board of the School of Architecture, 2010.
• Energy Expert Adviser of the Rector team, 2005.
• Member of the board of NITER-UM – Minho University Research Centre for Renewable Energy, 2009.
• Member of the board of the Energy and Environment Agency of the Minho University, 2007.
• Member of the board and founding member of iiSBE Portugal - international initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, 2007.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the National Energy Agency, responsible for the implementation of EPBD in Portugal, 2007.


Main scientific area of research:
During the more than twenty-five years of activity at the University of Minho, and integrated in the Building Physics and Construction Technology Laboratory, she has been responsible for pedagogical and research activities related to:
• Thermal and acoustical performance of buildings. Rational use of energy in buildings. Building Simulation. Natural ventilation and natural lighting in buildings.
• Building conservation and rehabilitation.
• Environment and Sustainable Development.


Most relevant funded projects:
She is, or was, involved in several research projects, either at national and international level:
• IEA – ECBCS Annex 56 - Energy and GHG Optimised Building Renovation, promoted by IEA – International Energy Agency.
• IEA – ECBCS Annex 50 - Prefabricated Systems for Low Energy Renovation of Residential Buildings, promoted by IEA – International Energy Agency.
• IDES-EDU – “Master and Post Graduate education and training in multidisciplinary teams implementing EPBD and beyond”. European Commission - Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation - IIE - Inteligent Energy Europe - CIP-IEE-PROMO-P -Contract n°IEE/09/613/ SI2.558225.
• H-OPUS - Housing Praxis for Urban Sustainability. URBACT Program.
• Buildings Thermal Rehabilitation - PTDC/ECM/67373/2006 - funded by FCT - National Research Council.
• Contribution of Thermal Active Mortars for Building Energy Efficiency PTDC/ECM/102154/2008, Funded by FCT - National Research Council.
• Leghouse - Modular Prefabrication in Low Cost Buildings – QREN 2009 – funded by the National Strategic Reference Program.
• SipDeco - Development of innovative eco-efficient partitions walls, QREN 2009 – funded by the National Strategic Reference Program.
• JEE –Eco Efficient Window, contract nº13-02-03-FDR-01280 funded by FCT - National Research Council - BES Innovation Prize 2007 in Renewable Energy.
• Energy Technology Laboratory, CONC-REEQ/647/2001, funded by FCT - National Research Council.
• SINALES - Development of an industrialized system for Structural Masonry - ” funded by FCT - Portuguese Research Council – contract IDEIA-70-00130-2004.
• Non Conventional Constructive Solutions funded by FCT -Portuguese Research Council – contract POCTI/ECM/42706/2001.
• SHE – Sustainable Housing in Europe” - contract nº EVK4-CT-2002-00104, funded by the European Commission.
• URBVENT2000 – Natural Ventilation in Urban Areas – Potential assessment and optimal facade design, contract nº ENK6-CT-2000-00316 funded by the European Commission.
• RESHYVENT - Cluster project on Demand Controlled Hybrid Ventilation in Residential Buildings with specific emphasis on Integration of Renewables” - contract nº ENK6-CT-200-00533 funded by the European Commission.


Technical and scientific committees:
• National delegate and coordinator of Annex 56 of the IEA - ECBCS Implementing Agreement - Energy and GHG Optimised Building Renovation
• National delegate in Annex 50 of the IEA - ECBCS Implementing Agreement - Prefabricated Systems for Low Energy Renovation of Residential Buildings
• National delegate and member of the Scientific Committee of the European COST Action TU0802 - Next generation cost effective phase change materials for increased energy efficiency in renewable energy systems in buildings.
• National delegate and member of the Scientific Committee of the European COST Action TU0701 - Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stocks.
• Member of the National Technical Commission CT 151 – Thermal Performance of Buildings.
• Member of CIB (Conseil International du Batiment pour la Recherche l'Etude et la Documentation), participating in the works of the Technical Commission W40 (Thermal Performance of Buildings) and W67 (Conservation and Rehabilitation of Buildings.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the European COST Action C16 ‐ Urban Civil Engineering - Improving the quality of existing urban building envelopes.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Environment in the Mediterranean Region: from housing to urban and landscape construction, Naples, Italy, February 2012.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Building Affordable to All – SB10, Vilamoura, March 2010.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment – “Palenc 2010”, Rodes – Greece, September 2010.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Conference on Pathology and Rehabilitation of Buildings - PATORREB, Porto, March 2009.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Luso-Brasilian Conference on Sustainable and Integrated Urban and Regional Planning - PLURIS 2008, September 2008.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Conference on Construction - Construção 2007, Coimbra, December 2007
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices: Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium – SB07, Lisbon, September

• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment – “Palenc 2007”, Crete – Greece, September 2007.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd Luso-Brasilian Conference on Sustainable and Integrated Urban and Regional Planning - PLURIS 2006, Braga, Portugal, September 2006.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd Conference on Pathology and Rehabilitation of Buildings - PATORREB, Porto, March 2006.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Healthy Buildings, Lisbon 2006.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Luso‐Brasilian Conference on Sustainable and Integrated Urban and Regional Planning - PLURIS 2005, S.Carlos, Brazil, September 2005.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment – “Palenc 2005”, Santorini – Greece, May 2005.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd Conference on Construction - Construção 2004, Porto, December 2004.
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Conference on Pathology and Rehabilitation of Buildings - PATORREB, Porto, March 2003.


Cooperation with European Commission:
• Expert of the European Commission for proposals evaluation and projects monitoring in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Program in the key Actions Rational Use of Energy in Buildings, City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage, Integrating and strengthening the foundations of the European Research Area, Research for SMEs and Information and Communication Technologies - ICT for Energy Efficiency.
• Expert of the European Commission for the Scientific, Social and Economic impact evaluation of the projects funded under 4th Framework Program - Program Joule III -Non Nuclear Energies.
• Expert of the Greek Government for the evaluation of project proposals submitted under the program Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Saving.
• Expert of the Cyprus Government for the evaluation of project proposals submitted under the program Sustainable Development in the action Urban and Built Environment.
• Expert of the European Commission for proposals evaluation in the ALBAN Program.


Conference organization:
• Member of the Organising Committee of “Portugal SB10 - Sustainable Building Affordable to All, hold in March 2010 in Vilamoura, Portugal.
• Member of the Organising Committee of “Portugal SB07 - Sustainable Construction, Materials and Practices: Challenge of the Industry for the New Millennium”, hold in September 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal.
• Member of the Organising Committee of “European Symposium on Environmental Acoustics and 4th Ibero-American Conference on Acoustics. 13-17 September 2004, University of Minho, Guimarães.
• Member of the Organising Committee of PLEA 98 - International Conference on “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, 31 of May – 4 of June 1998, Lisbon.
• Member of the Organising Committee of the VIII Iberian Congress on Solar Energy, 25 - 28 May, 1997, Porto.


Publications:
• 6 books;
• 11 chapters of books;
• 8 papers in international journals;
• 15 papers in national journals;
• 73 papers in International Conferences Proceedings
• 27 papers in National Conferences Proceedings;
• 2 Invited papers in International Conferences;
• 2 Invited lectures in International Conferences;

 

Manuela Almeida

 

Professional address

University of Minho,

Department of Civil Engineering,

Alameda da Universidade

4800-058, Portugal

 

Phone:       +351 253 510 200

Extension: 510485

Fax:          +351 253 510 217

 

e-mail: malmeida@civil.uminho.pt

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