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Dr Arman Hashemi

Dr Arman Hashemi

Highly Commended Winner 2015
Advanced Thermal Shutter System

Research Abstract

This is an advanced, automated thermal shutter system which can also act as a natural light reflector, sunshade and secondary security device. The system can reduce heat-losses through windows by an average of 63% and considerably improve daylight distribution in deep-plan office buildings reducing the need for electric lighting by an average of 60%. 


The patent-pending ‘pick and place’ function of the shutter allows each panel to be controlled and positioned separately from other panels. This function makes the shutter exceptionally flexible addressing many of the known problems of similar products in the market. Depending on environmental conditions and user preferences, the system is automatically adjusted to act as a thermal shutter, daylighting system or security device facilitating night ventilation in buildings. In daylighting mode, it may act as a light-shelf, reflective louvre, reflective sill and/or sunshade. The shutter can also be fully retracted at the bottom or top of windows for maximum view out. 


The developed product is the outcome of four years collaborative research between SE Controls and the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Winner's Bios

Dr Arman Hashemi

University of Brighton, UK

Arman is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology at the University of Brighton. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He has worked on a range of award-winning architectural projects and led or contributed to several research projects on sustainable housing, building performance evaluation/simulation, offsite construction and product design and development. Arman has also received the CIOB International Innovation and Research Awards for the best research paper in 2015. Arman graduated from the University of Tehran in 2002 with an MSc in architecture and completed his PhD at Cardiff University in 2009.


Judge's comments

“The Advanced Thermal Shutter System is an elegant piece of engineering which has the potential to improve building performance. The system recognises the importance of reflective daylight, but also offers flexibility in response to localised conditions. The judging panel was impressed by Dr Hashemi’s individual achievement in developing this innovation. A great degree of experimentation has been carried out to test and evaluate the system. The panel wishes Dr Hashemi every success with the system’s prototype development."