He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). He received his Mechanical Engineering (Class I) honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in 2010 and his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2013. Research output includes peer-reviewed journal publications in Applied Energy, Architectural Science Review, Building and Environment, Energy in Buildings, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.
Current research interest lies in low carbon cooling systems, thermal comfort, design optimisation, building performance simulations, wind tunnel and CFD modelling.
During his PhD, He has designed, built and tested innovative passive cooling technologies taking his work from desktop design through laboratory scale testing and on to full-scale installations. He along with his team have recently filed UK patent applications for a zero energy passive cooling device (WO2015/087035) and humidity control system (GB1506768.9). In 2014, He formed a spin-out company 'Free Running Buildings'. Using the patented technology, the company transfers the UK's leading expertise in the field of building physics into the marketplace.
Dr Calautit has expertise in design and simulation modelling of new and existing buildings both in public and private sector. He has provided design and consultancy for sustainable solutions in buildings in the private and public sector in the UK and Europe including BMW, British Gas, Cynergin, Kent City Council, AMRC, University of London.
He is the Vice-Chair and Editor of Engineering Sustainability of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Editor-in-chief of Sustainable Buildings in EDPScience and Associate Editor of Innovative Infrastructure Solutions in Springer. He also serves on the scientific committees of international conferences including Sustainability in Energy and Buildings and Zero Energy Mass Custom Home. Recently, he edited the Special Issue on "Sustainability and energy in buildings - part 1 and part 2" which explored emerging research topics in the areas of energy and buildings, including big data, renewable energy integration, energy performance gap, advanced materials and technologies in building construction, hybrid energy systems and smart cities.
He has supervised 15 MEng/MSc students (11 completed) and is currently supervising 5 PhD students (2 completed).
He has led and worked on research projects funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP6-461-2-188), British Council-DOST (no. 209559487), British Council-CHED, EPSRC (CASE Award, IAA, Enterprise Fund) and Grantham Fund (no. 315502).
He is also a regular reviewer of international journals including; Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Energy, Sustainable Cities and Society, Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, International Journal of Energy Engineering and Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering and book publisher Wiley.
He serves on the scientific and review committees of international conferences including Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, The Energy Forum, International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, The International Conference on Sustainable Systems and the Environment, International Conference on Industrial Design Engineering, International Conference on Computational Modelling, Simulation and Analysis and European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.