Professor George Baird


Emeritus Professor of Building Science

School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington


George is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a Foundation Member of the New Zealand Energy Management Association. He was a recipient of the 1999 NZ Science and Technology Bronze Medal, the 2002 IPENZ Technical Award in the field of Energy Engineering, and the 2006 International Pioneers of the World Renewable Energy Network Award.

His research interests include:

  • Building performance
  • Users’ perceptions of sustainable buildings in terms of their environmental and operational performance and their influence on health and productivity
  • User performance benchmarks
  • Low energy design and operation of commercial and institutional buildings
  • Internal environments of buildings – thermal, air quality, acoustic and lighting conditions in practice
  • Sustainable and regenerative systems in building design and retrofit

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Energy performance of buildingsCRC Press, Boca Raton, 1984
User's perceptions of sustainable buildings - key findings of recent studiesRenewable Energy, 73, 2015
Performance benchmarks for non-domestic buildings: Towards user perception benchmarksBuilding Research and Information, 42:1, 2014
A review of questionnaire-based methods used for assessing and benchmarking indoor environmental qualityIntelligent Buildings International, 5:3, 07/2013
Key characteristics of top performing sustainable buildings from the perspective of the usersIn Sayigh A. (Ed.) Sustainability, Energy and Architecture: Case studies in green building success, Elsevier, 2013
Thermal comfort conditions in sustainable buildings - Results of a worldwide survey of users' perceptionsRenewable Energy, 49, 01/2013
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The potential for the use of occupants’ comments in the analysis and prediction of building performanceBuildings, 2: 33-47, 2012
A comparison of the performance of sustainable buildings with conventional buildings from the point of view of the usersArchitectural Science Review, 55:2, May 2012
Did that building feel good for you? Or - isn't it just as important to assess and benchmark user's perceptions of buildings as it is to audit their energy efficiency?Intelligent Buildings International, 3:2, 124-130, 2011
User perceptions and feedback from the Ecolibrium, 10:5, 30-37, June 2011
Sustainable buildings in practice – What the users thinkRoutledge, 2010
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Users’ perceptions of health and productivity in sustainable buildingsEnvironment Design Guide, February 2010, GEN 33, pp1-10, AIA, Melbourne
Incorporating user performance criteria into Building Sustainability Rating Tools (BSRTs) for buildings in operationSustainability – Special issue on Environmental Sustainability and the Built Environment, 1:4, 1069-1086, 2009
The architectural expression of environmental control systemsSpon Press, London, 2001
Building evaluation techniquesMcGraw Hill, New York, 1996