Asif received a BA (hons) from Nottingham University, before travelling abroad to Australia and America to further his studies at Deakin University and Virginia Tech. Asif a keen interest in making buildings less wasteful by using techniques more sustainable than Victorian architecture on which most of our buildings are based. In 2000 Asif continued his studies at Oxford Brookes University where he completed RIBA part II and a distinction in a diploma in energy efficient building.
Formally architectural director at ZEDfactory in London, Asif worked on major projects including: BedZED (2001) which was the winner of the World Energy Globe awards and shortlisted for the Stirling prize, Jubilee Wharf in Penryn Cornwall (2006) which received the Housing Design award for future proofing, and the London Pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Asif has also spent much of his time establishing and teaching courses at several universities including Oxford Brookes, UCL and the Camborne School of Minds where he has given lectures in quantity surveying, project management, urban design and renewable energy teaching design methodologies to achieve holistic energy efficiency on both a micro and macro scale. In addition to this Asif has been involved in a range of research projects with a number of universities including passive evaporative ventilation, existing building monitoring and remediation, design documentation of design processes, planning procedure and early stage design modelling for low energy buildings.
Thesis title: "Design stage whole life carbon key performance indicators in buildings"
The research aims to quantify the total carbon impacts of buildings. This occurs as three main impacts: embodied, operational and inherent (sustainable homes 1999). With building operational energy accounting for the major component and the embodied carbon of buildings and built infrastructure accounting for roughly a fifth. This value, however, is a dynamic determined by the fabric efficiency of the building.
As can be seen from the quantification of operational carbon obtaining savings early in the design process reaps benefits through the lifetime of the building. When current zero carbon regulations come into force in 2016 all the impacts carbon from buildings will be embodied and inherent in the building design.
The objectives are too common metrics and benchmarks for buildings so that a design stage methodology can be determined to provide substantial carbon savings early in the design process. Many of these analyses are conducted after buildings have been completed and so optimisation and approximation of significant factors need to be determined and taken into account to provide a robust methodology in line with current industry regulations. This will allow a transparency for the key performance indicators allowing them to be refined and modified over time by peers working in the field.
Current research activities:
The Calculation of Carbon of a Shower Room - by Asif Din & Luisa Brotas