Scientia Professor Deo Prasad
B.Arch (Auckland, NZ) - 1979
M.Arch (UNSW) - sustainable building simulation - 1987
M.Sc (UNSW) – Project Management - 1988
PhD (UNSW) – Heat transfer in buildings - 1992
Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (since 1991) - FAIA
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering - FTSE
Professor Deo Prasad has made outstanding contributions to the field of green buildings research in Australia. He is a passionate advocate of sustainable built environments internationally. Deo's key contributions are in the area of sustainable buildings, its key indicators and synthesising these into either assessment tools or building design. With qualifications in architecture, management and engineering he has a unique perspective on integrating multi-disciplinary knowledge to achieve best outcomes. Deo was a co-author of the Australian Benchmark studies for greenhouse gas reductions in commercial buildings as per Kyoto targets (published by the Australian Greenhouse Office as a report in 1999 and the basis for a number of policy outcomes. Deo has conducted numerous case studies of all building types for their sustainability credentials (published by the Australian Council for Building Design Professions - EDGe Notes; 1995-2006). In fact he was one of the founding group of this very useful suite of Notes. Deo has been a consultant on the recent Building and Construction Authority, Singapore funded project conducted by National University of Singapore on GreenMark Evaluation.
Yonsei University/Korean Government: Modelling BiPV in high density city – Seoul
Tongji University, Shanghai: ‘CO2 emission in cities – case study for Shanghai and Sydney’
Dept. Of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: ‘Adaptation resources, literature gaps and training for designers and architects’.
BEIIC/DIISR, Canberra: ‘Current Practice and New Strategies in Retrofitting Residential Housing and Precincts in the context of climate change’.
RAIA National Education Award 2006
NSW State Govt. Green Globe Award 2004
National Energy Innovation Award 1991
Deo brings to the architecture program a leading edge knowledge base and skills in ecologically sustainable design and evaluation. With a very strong research background in empirical and theoretical underpinnings of sustainability together with an ongoing high end consulting in this specialised area he is able to provide students with most pertinent knowledge and advanced tools in this area. He is able to enthuse students with his passion for the field of knowledge and engage them effectively in design. He focuses on the holistic and integrated nature of design and systems thinking as a vehicle for analysis and synthesis.
Environmental education has played a significant role in developing an awareness of the interconnectedness of natural systems, and their relationship to built environments. To educate for sustainability is to position the education process as one that facilitates the gaining of knowledge, values and skills to empower people to transform the society and its values as contributing members of the society. This emphasis on active participation across disciplines and issues recognises the approach’s inherent vision for personal and societal change in building a sustainable civil society.
In the Media
Prasad, D. (2014, January 28). Sustainable built environment professors receive Order of Australia. The Fifth Estate. Retrieved from http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/people/sustainable-built-environment-professors-receive-order-of-australia/58546
Prasad, D. (2014 March, 22). Predictions of Pleasantville threaten to ruin identity of inner city areas. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/predictions-of-pleasantville-threaten-to-ruin-identity-of-inner-city-areas-20140321-358m3.html
Prasad, D. (2015, August 21). It’s Just Human Design & Nature. Sourceable.net. Retrieved from https://sourceable.net/its-just-human-design-and-nature/
Prasad, D. (2015, September 3). Smart Cities. Indian Link. Retrieved from http://www.indianlink.com.au/smart-cities/
In 2009 Deo was appointed an honorary ambassador for Sydney by the Business Events Sydney (NSW Government) to help in promoting Sydney as a high priority destination for scientific and other conferences and events. He has chaired major congresses such as the Solar World Congress ( Adelaide 2001) and the Asia Pacific Solar Conference in Sydney (Sydney Darling Harbour 2008 and 2011). Deo has Chaired the Australia New Zealand Solar Energy Society and been a Australian board member of the International Solar Energy Society. He also has been the Federal Minister of Energy’s appointment on the Board of Federal Government’s Energy Research and Development Corporation, elected Board member of the Sustainable Energy Industries Council of Australia and chaired the Standards Australia committee on energy in buildings. Deo was the founding director of the NSW House Energy Rating Management Body (HMB) during which time it became a viable approach to sustainability assessment for buildings in Australia. It now has been transferred to industry to run as a leading body underpinning building environmental assessment in Australia (ABSA). During his time HMB helped create in excess of 220 small and medium businesses. Deo also came up with the vision for the now national Sustainable Living Competition for high schools in Australia. This is open to and engages all high school students in understanding and creating new paradigms for sustainable living in our communities. This project was a finalist for Eureka Awards, 2001. Deo has been part of numerous Australian Trade Delegations in the areas of clean energy/green buildings (eg Korea, Taiwan, Dubai & China). Most recent of these include the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering delegation to Korea on ‘Green Growth’ (2010) and he led the NSW Government delegation on Low Carbon cities to the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010.
Deo sits on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees in this field including the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Solar Buildings Research Network (Concordia Montreal – Board member and now Scientific Committee), United Nations Environment Program’s ‘UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Centre’ Board (Seoul), ‘UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development’ (Shanghai), ‘Beijing Energy and Environment Centre’ (part of Beijing City Government), ‘UNEP (Asia Pacific) Special committee on sustainable cities’ (Bangkok), ‘International Solar Energy Society Board’ (Freiburg, Germany), ‘National Fenestration Rating Council USA’ (expert) and BiPV expert panel on BCA Singapore Zero Energy Building. Deo chaired the Asia Pacific Global Civil Society Forum for four years. In this role he hosted the Asia Pacific meeting at UNSW, Sydney in 2008 on International Environmental Governance. Deo is a consultant to a number of cities in Asia Pacific on sustainability matters through his work for the special committee of UNEP. He recently convened a White Paper Series on sustainable cities (2009) for the UNEP and co-wrote the Green Universities Guide on Infrastructure Development (2012) for the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES/UNEP). Deo regularly contributes to the work of International Energy Agency (IEA) in this area as well. He led an IEA expert task on building integrated photovoltaics and co-wrote a commissioned IEA book on the subject (designing with Solar Power) in 2004. Since 2009 Deo has been on the Academic Advisory Board to the Council of the Universiti Technology Petronas – a group of eight Professors from around the world under the Chairmanship of Tun Dr Mahhatir Mohammed the current Chancellor of the university. UTP has a goal of reaching the top 200 research universities by 2020 with considerable funding from their sponsor Petronas.
Deo is a consultant to a number of cities in Asia Pacific on sustainability matters through his work for the special committee of UNEP. He is currently convening a White Paper on sustainable cities for the UNEP. Deo regularly contributes to the work of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in this area as well. He led an IEA expert task on building integrated photovoltaics and co-wrote a commissioned IEA book on the subject in 2004.
He is a key contributor to the UN Decade for Education for Sustainability at international meetings as well as locally (member of the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee on sustainability education 2007). In 2009 Deo has been selected by the prestigious Asia Pacific Green Building Journal ‘FuturArc’ as one of only two Australians to rank among the 18 most influential people promoting sustainable buildings in the Asia Pacific region.
Newton P; Prasad D, 2019, Decarbonising the Built Environment Charting the Transition, Springer
Dave MH; Gou Z; Prasad D; Li F, 2014, Greening Universities Toolkit V2.0: Transforming Universities Into Green and Sustainable Campuses: A Toolkit for Implementers, Advance Copy, United Nations Environment Programme, http://unep-iesd.tongji.edu.cn/index.php?classid=933&action=download&id=606
Chattopadhyay G; Hirota K; Prasad DK, 2008, Indoor Air Quality Indicators for Design and Construct Standard and Company Standard, Original, UNSW & Green Globe, Sydney
Prasad D; Hall M, 2004, Sustainable Construction: a global perspective, RICS leading Edge Series
Prasad D; Snow M, 2004, Australian Guideline for Building Integrated Photovoltaics, Australian Greenhouse Office, Australian
Blair JM; Prasad DK; Judd BH; Zehner RB; Hyde R; Soebarto V, 2004, Affordability and Sustainability Outcomes of `Greenfield` Suburban Development and Master Planned Communities: A Case Study Approach Using TBL Assessment, 1st, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
Prasad D; P F, 2000, Australian Geological Survey Organisation - a case study on sustainable buildings, BDP, Melbourne
Prasad DK, 1999, Olympiadi Ed Efficienza Energetica, Original, Associazione Nazionale Architettura Bioecologica, Milano, Italy
King SE; Ball JE; Prasad DK, 1996, Site Planning in Australia: Strategies for Energy Efficient Residential Planning, Original, Australian Government Publication Service, Canberra
1992, Energy Efficient Australian Housing, Australian Government Pub Service
Oldfield P; Swinbourne R; Symons K, 2019, 'Decarbonising Commercial Buildings', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment, Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 163 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6_9
Sproul A, 2019, 'Rooftop Photovoltaics: Distributed Renewable Energy and Storage (or Low-Cost PV Changes Everything)', in Netwon P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 53 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6
Prasad D; Newton P; White S; Sproul A, 2019, 'Pathways to Low Carbon Living', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment., Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6_1
Xing K; Wiedmann T; Newton P; Huang B; Pullen S, 2019, 'Development of Low-Carbon Urban Forms — Concepts, Tools and Scenario Analysis', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment: Charting the Transition, Springer, Singapore, pp. 227 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6_12
Santamouris M; Ding L; Osmond P, 2019, 'Urban Heat Mitigation', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment Charting the Transition, Springer, pp. 337 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6
Groenhout N; Hyde R; Prasad D; Chandra S; Saeki Y; Haw LC, 2012, 'Green technologies, performance and integration', in Bioclimatic Housing Innovative Designs for Warm Climates, pp. 367 - 425, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781849770569
Snow M; Prasad D; Suna D; Schiener C; Gaiddon B; Hagemann IB; Tilli F; Pellegrino M; Berni A; Aste N; Nishikawa S; Ehara T; Cace J; Ter Horst E; Elswijk M; Kaan H; Bleijendaal L; Caamaño-Martín E; Cornander A; Rudkin E; Munro D; Herig C, 2009, 'Case studies of existing urban areas with photovoltaics', in Photovoltaics in the Urban Environment: Lessons Learnt from Large Scale Projects, pp. 21 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781849770149
Prasad DK; Snow M, 2009, 'Case Studies of Existing urban areas with Photovoltaics: Australia Newington Sydney Olympic Village', in Gaiddon B; Kaan H; Munro D (ed.), Photovoltaics in the Urban Environment, edn. 1, EarthScan, UK, pp. 21 - 27
Freestone R; Prasad DK; Blair JM, 2006, 'Master planned communities and sustainability in Sydney', in Talking About Sydney: Population, community and culture in contemporary Sydney, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 108 - 121
Samuels R; Prasad DK, 2005, 'Global warming and the built environment', in , pp. 1 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203985731
Prasad D, 2004, 'Case Studies on Integration of Innovative Technologies in Housing', in Solar Sustainable Housing: learning from innovative projects from moderate and hot climates, International Energy Agency
Prasad D; Snow M, 2004, 'Photovoltaic Energy, Building Integrated', in Encyclopedia of Energy, Elsevier Science
Prasad D; Chandra S; Fisher M, 2003, 'Energy efficiency in commercial buildings', in Environment design guide
Prasad D; Snow M, 2003, 'Progetti dal case studies report del task 7, International Energy Agency', in L' integrazione architettonica del fotovoltaico: esperienze compiute.
Prasad D, 2002, 'Environmental agenda and successes at Sydney Olympic games', in Staging the Sydney Games, UNSW Press
Prasad DK, 1999, 'Environment', in Staging the Olympics: The Event and its Impact, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 83 - 92
Prasad D; Byrnes J, 1998, 'RAS Horse and Cattle Pavillions – a case study', in Environment Design Guide
Prasad D; Veale J, 1998, 'The Nursing Faculty Building, University of Newcastle – a case study', in Environment Design Guide
Prasad D; Veale J, 1998, 'Capricorn 151 – a case study', in Environment Design Guide
Prasad D, 1998, 'Armstrong-Mobbs Sustainable House – a case study', in Environment Design Guide
Prasad D; Fox E, 1996, 'Nemingha Public School: a case study in energy efficiency', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D; Fox E, 1996, 'Renewable Resources: energy generation', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D; Rudder D, 1995, 'Friendly Beaches Lodge: a case study in energy efficiency', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D; Thomas LE, 1995, 'Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum: a case study in energy efficiency', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D; Thomas LE, 1995, 'Solar Energy Information Centre: a case study in energy efficiency', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D; Thomas LE, 1995, 'Advanced Technology Centre: a case study in energy efficiency', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D, 1995, 'Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings', in Environmental Design Guide, RAIA
Prasad D, 1994, 'Energy efficiency and the non-residential building sector', in Global Warming and the Built Environment, Chapman Hall, London
Yenneti K; Ding L; Prasad D; Ulpiani G; Paolini R; Haddad S; Santamouris M, 2020, 'Urban overheating and cooling potential in australia: An evidence-based review', Climate, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cli8110126
Yang S; Cannavale A; Di Carlo A; Prasad D; Sproul A; Fiorito F, 2020, 'Performance assessment of BIPV/T double-skin façade for various climate zones in Australia: Effects on energy consumption', Solar Energy, vol. 199, pp. 377 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.02.044
He BJ; Ding L; Prasad D, 2020, 'Outdoor thermal environment of an open space under sea breeze: A mobile experience in a coastal city of Sydney, Australia', Urban Climate, vol. 31, pp. 100567 - 100567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100567
He B-J; Ding L; Prasad D, 2020, 'Relationships among local-scale urban morphology, urban ventilation, urban heat island and outdoor thermal comfort under sea breeze influence', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 60, pp. 102289 - 102289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102289
He B-J; Ding L; Prasad D, 2020, 'Urban ventilation and its potential for local warming mitigation: A field experiment in an open low-rise gridiron precinct', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 55, pp. 102028 - 102028, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102028
He B-J; Ding L; Prasad D, 2020, 'Wind-sensitive urban planning and design: Precinct ventilation performance and its potential for local warming mitigation in an open midrise gridiron precinct', Journal of Building Engineering, vol. 29, pp. 101145 - 101145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2019.101145
He BJ; Ding L; Prasad D, 2019, 'Enhancing urban ventilation performance through the development of precinct ventilation zones: A case study based on the Greater Sydney, Australia', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 47, pp. 101472 - 101472, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101472
Yang S; Cannavale A; Prasad D; Sproul A; Fiorito F, 2019, 'Numerical simulation study of BIPV/T double-skin facade for various climate zones in Australia: Effects on indoor thermal comfort', Building Simulation, vol. 12, pp. 51 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12273-018-0489-x
Samaratunga G; Ding L; Bishop K; Prasad D; Yee K, 2017, 'Modelling and analysis of post- occupancy behaviour in residential buildings to inform BASIX sustainability assessments in NSW.', Science Direct, vol. 180, pp. 344 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.193
Chindapol S; Blair J; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2017, 'Determining the metabolic rate of the thai elderly', Chiang Mai University Journal of Natural Sciences, vol. 16, pp. 37 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.12982/cmujns.2017.0004
Munsami K; Prasad D; Ding L, 2017, 'The Role of Post Occupation Evaluation in Achieving High Performance Buildings through Diagnostics', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 356 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.194
Craft W; Ding L; Prasad D; Partridge L; Else D, 2017, 'Development of a Regenerative Design Model for Building Retrofits', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 658 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.225
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