Core Knowledge Partners: 

The following organisations are Core Knowledge Partners in the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings

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Neil May, Managing Director

Neil was trained as an historian (Oxon) and an anthropologist (Delhi University) as well as working in film-making prior to entering the building trade by accident in 1989. He has been working in sustainability and buildings now for over 25 years, firstly as a builder (running Neil May Builders an ecological and conservation building company), then as founder and CEO of Natural Building Technologies (NBT).  He was also a founding Director of the Good Homes Alliance, the Passivhaus Trust and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products.  He was briefly the chair of Positive Money, a leading monetary reform campaign.

Neil is currently a Senior Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering, leading the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings. He is also working on unintended consequences and the housing crisis. 

He is also the part time Special Adviser of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and has recently led major projects for DECC, Bristol City Council, and Heritage bodies such as Historic England and the National Trust.  

Neil has been a member of several Government Advisory bodies at DTI, DCLG and DECC, and works extensively across industry groups in the construction and property sector. He is the co-author (with Chris Sanders) of the forthcoming BSI White Paper on Moisture in Buildings.

Dr Hector Altamirano-Medina, Academic Director

Dr Hector Altamirano is a Lecturer in Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, Faculty of the Built Environment. Hector is a building scientist with a broad research interest in energy, the indoor environment and the operational performance of buildings. Hector is a trained architect with an MA in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Design, and a PhD in Building Science

Dr Yasemin D Aktas, Deputy Academic Director

Dr Yasemin D Aktas is a Lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE). Yasemin has extensive research experience in the impact of flooding, wind driven rain and other climate-induced and atmospheric hazards on built environment, heritage structures, indoor mould testing, hygrothermal characterisation via environmental monitoring, and sustainable building and urban design. She is currently teaching on the MEng Engineering and Architectural Design, a joint programme between UCL CEGE, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Colin King, UKCMB Commerical Director

Colin is the Director of BRE, as well as BRE's lead officer on historic structures, existing housing and building solutions pre- and post-refurbishment. He is also a well-known expert in moisture in buildings, and sits on a number of standards committees and policy bodies in this regard including BS5250, PAS 2030 and PAS2035 and e BSi Retrofit Taskforce. He is currently involved in the latest review of Part C of the Building Regulations for England. Colin is the commercial director of the UKCMB and works particularly on standards, policy work, training and commercial projects and opportunities.

Valentina Marincioni, Technical Manager

Valentina is a research engineer in building physics with a background in thermo-mechanical engineering. Her main research focuses on moisture transfer within internally insulated solid walls. She worked on the research and development of an internal wall insulation system, using laboratory experiments and in-situ measurements. 

Her EngD project, sponsored by Natural Building Technologies, aims at developing a framework for the probabilistic moisture risk assessment of internal wall insulation. A tool based on the framework could help designers making informed decisions about insulation strategies during retrofit projects.