- Dr Wendy Miller
- Senior Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
- Discipline *
- Other Built Environment and Design, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Other Physical Sciences
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master Music Studies (University of Queensland)
- Professional memberships
built environment, net zero energy, microgrids, post-occupancy evaluation, sustainable housing, systems thinking, urban planning, energy efficiency, electricity load profiles, building science
Dr Miller is a senior research fellow in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering in QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty (a position held since 2008). As a member of QUT’s Energy and Process Engineering team of researchers, she initiates and conducts industry and government funded socio-technical research in energy efficiency and renewable energy, with a particular focus on the built environment. Current and recent research projects include ARC projects in manufactured housing and sustainable housing; National Climate Change Adaptation research on housing and heatwaves; industry funded research on the impact of cool roof coatings for cooling loads in subtropical and tropical buildings, and post-occupancy performance assessment of subtropical and tropical housing. She is particularly involved in promoting and implementing multidisciplinary research teams that embrace
- building simulation and modelling
- building science (e.g. the role of advanced glazing and ‘cool roo’f coatings)
- post-occupancy performance assessment
- supply chain management
- the links between urban planning, buildings and the electricity network
- sociology (human behaviour, culture and practice)
- human-computer interaction (e.g. beyond Smart Meters) and
- regulation and economics in the built environment / energy sectors
Dr Miller is involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
At a post-graduate level she co-ordinates the Sustainable Energy specialisation units of the Master of Engineering degree. The rationale behind these units is that energy is a core societal commodity embracing multiple disciplines, established and rapidly developing technologies, fast changing environmental, political and economic contexts, and evolving end-user expectations. In this context it is vital that energy professionals now and in the future have a firm grasp of energy needs of society and the sources, conversion technologies and energy systems that can meet these needs within the technological, social, economic and environmental systems in which energy systems need to operate.
The Master of Engineering degree offers four energy specialisations.
1. Energy Systems Fundamentals This unit immerses students in an integrated systems approach to the provision of energy services that are responsive to the global imperative for a transition to a low-carbon society in the 21st century. An Earth System Science (ESS) approach is utilised to develop an understanding the Earth’s systems and the interactions between these systems, energy systems and social, technological and economic systems.The unit incorporates identification, analysis and evaluation of existing, transitional and future energy systems, with a core focus on the optimisation of the integrated system and sub-systems through effective knowledge-driven decision making.
2. Renewable energy technologies, energy storage and electricity distribution systems
- Dr Miller has over 27 publications: a book, book chapters, articles in high quality journals, conference papers and industry reports, in addition to education and general media publications. Her research projects and publications demonstratte a high level of inudstry and government engagement in high quality applied research in energy / the built environment.
- Transfer of research findings to industry: Several of Dr Miller’s industry research projects have been utilised by industry to enhance their products. For example, Bondor’s InsulLiving ‘towards zero energy’ home has been the subject of a year-long post-occupancy performance evaluation and further proposed research with Bondor includes evaluation of builders’ uptake of the new building system. Similarly, building on earlier post-occupancy evaluation, Brisbane Housing Company contracted Dr Miller (2010) to conduct research specifically relating to water consumption in different size dwellings of their social housing portfolio. The resultant research was presented (2011) to relevant state and local regulatory authorities to support applications for variations in infrastructure charges.
- Invited presentations for industry and government: Dr Miller has been invited to present research findings to various organisations, including (i) lunch time seminars for Dept of Infrastructure staff relating to various topics resulting from PhD research (2011); (ii) Plumbing Legislation and Standards Branch, with regard to performance evaluation of solar-gas water heaters (2011); Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) Sustainable Community Energy Workshop on zero energy housing and impacts on urban infrastructure (2011) and (iv) Stockland workshop for builders (2012) and staff (March 2013).
- Invited Participation on Government programs and services: Dr Miller lead successful tenders for QUT to provide expert panel services to the Dept of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (business and technical services in energy efficiency / building efficiency) (2012+). Since 2008 she has been an invited member of several government groups, including (i) the QLD Industry Reference Group (2011) regarding the development of Queensland’s Renewable Energy Incentives Package; (ii) Brisbane workshop on the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency (2009); (iii) selection committee for QLD govt PV rebate program (2009); (iv) national research alliance for Australian Government Green Loans Scheme (2009); and (v) QLD Feed-in Tariff Implementation Committee (2008).
- International Invitations and Editorial Responsibilities: Dr Miller has a growing international reputation, as evidenced by (i) Invited Member of Editorial Review Board for the new journal Smart and Sustainable Built Environment; (ii) invited Panel Chair (Education and Training) and member of Technical Committee for Solar World Congress (Kassel 2011; Cancun 2013); (iii) part of QUT delegation to India to develop collaborative research alliances (2009); and (iv) visits to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (Professors Wagner and Lützkendorf) (2011 and 2012) – to discuss research collaboration. Return visits by those Professors to Brisbane in 2012 / 2013;
- Media Engagement: Dr Miller has participated in interviews for radio, television and print media. Recent examples include (i) Channel 7 Today Tonight regarding Bondor’s concept house (2012, 2013); (ii) ABC Radio National Future Tense program “Energy Efficiency = New Technology + People” 4/3/2012; (iii) media interviews and articles in the Courier Mail (circulation 195,000), Brisbane and regional newspapers and electronic media (2012).
- Miller WF, Kennedy RJ, Loh S, (2013) Benefits and impacts of adjusting cooling set-points in Brisbane: How do office workers respond? , Sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings: Warm climates p407-416
- Miller WF, Buys LL, (2013) Factors influencing sustainability outcomes of housing in subtropical Australia, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment p60-83
- Miller WF, (2013) Analysis of the design-construction supply chain in the thermal performance of sub-tropical and tropical housing, Proceedings of the 19th International CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society p1-14
- Susilawati C, Miller WF, (2013) Sustainable and affordable housing: a myth or reality, Proceedings of the 19th International CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society p1-12
- Saman W, Boland J, Pullen S, de Dear R, Soebarto V, Miller WF, Pocock BA, Belusko M, Bruno F, Whaley D, Pockett J, Bennetts H, Ridley B, Palmer J, Zuo J, Ma T, Chileshe N, Skinner N, Chapman J, Vujinovic N, Walsh M, Candido C, Deuble M, (2013) A framework for adaptation Australian households to heat waves: Final Report p1-242
- Miller W, Buys L, (2012) Sustainable housing: family experiences with supply chain ethics, Design and Ethics : Reflections on Practice p176-190
- Miller W, Buys L, (2012) Anatomy of a sub-tropical Positive Energy Home (PEH), Solar Energy p231-241
- Miller W, Buys L, Bell J, (2012) Performance evaluation of eight contemporary passive solar homes in subtropical Australia , Building and Environment p57-68
- Miller W, Buys L, (2012) Positive-energy homes: Impacts on, and implications for, ecologically sustainable urban design, Urban Design International p45-61
- Miller W, Birkeland J, (2011) Green energy: Sustainable energy sources and alternative technologies, Green Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications p1-16
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.