Jason Palmer has worked for twelve years carrying out research, writing and providing consultancy services about sustainable construction and energy use in buildings. He was sponsored by Eclipse to do a Engineering Doctorate from 1993-1997. The doctorate explored environmental management and small firms. He is also a director of Cambridge Architectural Research and runs Cambridge Energy. His recent experience includes the following:
- Energy Use in British Homes. He wrote the UK Housing Energy Fact File in 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Ian Cooper, for the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. He also managed a major modelling project investigating household energy use and CO2 emissions, which resulted in the first published model of energy use in homes, and generated figures used in National Statistics.
- Project Management. He managed the analysis of the largest-ever study of electricity use in UK homes. The project, worth £400,000, scrutinised energy consumption for lights and appliances in meticulous detail – applying scientific and statistical methods to the richest existing dataset about electricity in the home.
- Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings. He has carried out detailed research of more than 30 UK buildings recognised as exemplars of best practice on sustainable design, including 11 schools and education buildings. The evaluations included examining actual energy performance, and comparing this performance to energy targets and sector benchmarks for energy use. He is currently a Building Performance Evaluator for the Technology Strategy Board.