Mitch Finn - Building Physicist

Staff Spotlight - Mitch Finn

What do you do at Greengauge?

Lots of modelling of buildings! There’s SAP and SBEM to model energy and carbon emissions for Building Regulations and planning requirements, IES for modelling overheating risk, PHPP (Passivhaus Planning Package) for Passivhaus design, and THERM for thermal bridging calculations. This also includes some consulting to help improve the building, such as reducing the overheating risk or reducing emissions.

What motivates you to get up and go to work?

I love where science meets sustainability, so being able to do that every day motivates me. Being part of a great team really helps too.

If you could switch jobs with anyone (in any industry), who would it be?

I always thought the people who get to climb up wind turbines for maintenance had a great job. So probably that! Just for a week or so.

What do you like most about your job?

Coming up with ideas on how to achieve things and testing them out to see what works. For example with reducing overheating risk, adding a bit of shading, adding another window to get more ventilation, or reducing one to reduce solar gain. It’s nice ending up with a good feel for how building physics works.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to be a physics teacher. I lasted two years. Fun for a while but it wasn’t for me!

What is on your bucket list?

Learn to do a back flip! That would be such a great party trick.

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