Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Marini Samaratunga

Modelling residential energy consumption behaviour

Marini Samaratunga’s thesis, “Modelling residential energy consumption behaviour”, focuses on establishing a model of residential energy consumption behaviour to inform sustainability assessments, dwelling design and policy. It identifies types of behaviour that contribute to actual energy consumption in dwellings, and their influential attributes. 

As well as the theoretical contributions of this model to the field of behaviour in Low Carbon Living (LCL), this research would inform sustainability assessment tools, sustainability policy, building designs and government educational programmes on LCL.

This research is part of a research project under Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, titled ‘Validating and improving BASIX sustainability index tool in NSW’ and funded by CRC LCL scholarship.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

  • Samaratunga M; Ding L; Bishop K; Prasad D; Yee KWK, 2017, 'Modelling and Analysis of Post- Occupancy Behaviour in Residential Buildings to Inform BASIX Sustainability Assessments in NSW', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 343-355, 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.193

Conference Papers

  • Samaratunga M; Ding L; Bishop K; Prasad D; Yee KWK, 2016, 'Modelling and Analysis of Post- Occupancy Behaviour in Residential Buildings to Inform BASIX Sustainability Assessments in NSW', Internaltional High Performance Built Environments Conference, SBE 16 Sydney, pp. 343-355, 
  • Samaratunga M, 2013, 'Approach to sustainable development through architectural education: insight to the perceptions of Sri Lankan students', Conference proceedings of World Construction Symposium 2013: Socio-Economic Sustainability in Construction, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Smaratunga M; Vithana UP; Obeysekera, HL; Karanarathne R, 2012, 'Significance of meaningful Built Environments in sustainable development with special reference to Ayurveda-eco tourism in Sri Lanka', Conference proceedings of World Construction Symposium 2012: Global Challenges in Construction Industry, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Samaratunga M; Gunatathne N, 2012, 'Reflecting regional identity in building entrances: Reflections on the emerging trends in institutional gate houses', Sri Lanka, Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) Journal, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  • Samaratunga M, 2011, 'Effective teaching strategies in Architectural education: ‘Adventure learning’- learning through experience and fun (Reflections on the teaching module World history of Architecture and Design)', Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) Journal, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.    

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

Industry Project reports:

Research posters:

TEACHING / RESEARCH ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE

At UNSW:

  • Introduction to Landscape Architecture (LAND2121), 2018
  • Construction Informatics (CONS0005), 2015-2017 
  • Digital Construction (BLDG3013), 2015-2017 
  • Research Assistant (2019): 'Understanding decision-making process to meet or exceed BASIX requirements- CRC LCL project: Online survey data analysis
  • Research Assistant (2017-2018): 'Secondary psychological injuries of construction workers'- School of construction management and property: Literature review
  • Research Assistant (2016): 'Personalised learning in construction education' -School of construction management and property: Literature review

Other experience:

  • Research Assistant at University of Western Sydney (2019): Centre for smart modern construction - ARC Linkage project: Literature review and grant application preparation
  • Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2004-2017) in Architecture and Design
  • Sessional Lecturer at National School of Business Management, Sri Lanka (2010-2013) in Interior Design
  • Sessional Lecturer at Colombo School of Architecture, Sri Lanka (2010-2013) in History of Architecture