Helen Hough

Associate Engineer - Building Physics

Buildings and Built Environment Group

Twitterised: Me in less than 140 characters.

Known by my colleagues as ‘A bubbly engineer whose aim is to balance working life with making music.’

Why I decide to do what I do

I enjoy looking at buildings, both new and existing, to assess how energy consumption can be minimised through a ‘fabric first’ approach to building design. Mechanical engineering allows me to balance this with energy efficient building services design.

My potted history

I started out as an architecture student at the University of Nottingham and worked at a couple of architecture practices in Birmingham during my holidays. After graduating I realised architecture wasn’t for me and David Stairmand suggested that mechanical engineering was the best ever profession and would be perfect for an ex-architecture student who wanted to improve energy consumption in buildings. After a bit more training and a few exams I become a Low Carbon Energy Assessor and am trained in offering energy advice to clients.

The best project I have ever worked on at BWB

I was involved with the energy strategy and overshadowing study for Millharbour Urban Design Framework.

What I like to do in my spare time

I enjoy playing my alto saxophone in a concert band which involves freezing to death or getting rained on whilst playing on bandstands in the summer. I am also part of the local business area choir and am known for singing Christmas songs in the office from September onwards.

What I hope to be doing 5 years from now

Maybe it is a little ambitions, but hopefully I will be the person to save the world’s energy crisis!

Helen Hough


Associate Engineer - Building Physics

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