Sustainability Technical Lead profile – Vinutha Ginjupalli
17 January 2024
Role: Design for Performance Lead
At QODA, we have a dedicated team of sustainability experts who work with design teams and industry leaders to provide design detail, guidance, and professional expertise. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each of our leads.
Next up is Vinutha Ginjupalli. Read on to learn more about how she became a sustainability engineer, what her role at QODA involves, and a project that has inspired her.
What is your background?
I hold a Master’s degree in Low carbon design from University of Bath and a Bachelors in Architecture. I have been working in AEC industry for over 5 years and Sustainability field for last 3 years as a Building physics and performance engineer.
I have experience working on and producing energy assessments for projects ranging from large scale commercial and residential projects to wide range of educational projects using IES. Apart from this I have worked on a multitude of overheating analysis, daylighting analysis, operational energy assessments and Climate based daylight modelling.
“I am deeply passionate about sustainable design and believe strongly in reducing the impact of buildings on the environment through passive and low carbon design interventions which benefit the environment and occupants”.
What do you do at QODA?
My role at QODA involves a variety of energy/carbon assessments to meet energy targets of clients and providing clients with feasible solutions to meet energy/carbon reduction objectives through detailed energy modelling and analysis. As Design for performance technical lead, my role also involves educating both clients and the wider MEP team the importance of operational energy assessment to highlight the projects possible limitations to reduce energy consumptions and tackle these early on in the design process.
Another crucial aspect of my role with the increased temperatures during summer due to climate change, is overheating assessments of both residential and non-residential projects.
What is one project that has inspired you, and why?
One project which has inspired me has been a 118 Apartment residential project – Rodney Street, Manchester. All the stakeholders of the project were committed to meet sustainable goals and design the project inline with AECB standards where possible. During the project, there was a lot of collaboration with the architects to achieve the best design of spaces that is able to balance all objectives including thermal comfort, access to daylight and energy/carbon targets. This involved numerous iterations of design at early stages to be able to meet all targets and achieve a space without compromising on the spatial or design quality. The project allowed me to have an active role at early-stage optimization of the design and see how our role as a building physics engineers can have a massive positive impact to improve designs and achieve/ exceed targets.
“Through early-stage collaboration with stake holders, sustainability can become a driver for better design of spaces rather than an aftermath tick box exercise”.
Tell us something about your life outside QODA
During my free time, you can find me reading a sci-fiction book or playing board games with friends. Apart from this playing fetch with my labradoodle occupies most of my evenings after work.
TAGS: People, Sustainable