Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorDavidFisk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emeritus Professor



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Founder Chair in Systems Engineering and Innovation.

Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation


Systems approaches to optimising the outturn performance of buildings and other complex mechanical and electrical systems. Identification of the implications for infrastructure of moving to a net zero carbon economy. Understanding the onset of unsustainable development and how this might be best included in risk assessments particularly for large complex systems such as cities. 


A Commissioner on the UK National Infrastructure Commission from 2017 -2022. 

Previously Chief Scientist and Policy Director in DOE, DETR and DTLR and until 2005 Chief Scientific Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Responsibilities included UK Climate Change policy including the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change, the Framework Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, the UK's first National Air Quality Strategy; policy on the safe release of genetically modified organisms and chemicals into the environment, and policy on the disposal of radioactive and other wastes. Council Member of the NERC from 1988 to 2001. Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Division Building Research Establishment in 1978, including projects such as the BRE low energy office.

Joined Imperial as BP/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in 2002. Convened the BP Advanced Energy in Buildings Programme on the Imperial campus, which looked at the technologies that will determine building energy consumption thirty years from now. Co-director BP Urban Energy Project.

Became Director Laing O'Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation in 2010. Published in the fields of engineering, environment modelling and analysis, energy and resource economics, knowledge management and risk, and mostly on better ways to commission complex buildings.

He served on the Commission for Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. Board Member EC Joint Research Centre (to 2011).  He was a Member of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) from 2009 - 2016.  President Chartered Institution of Building Services 2012, and UK Delegate to REHVA.  He is a Professorial Associate at SOAS.



Noye S, North R, Fisk D, 2018, A wireless sensor network prototype for post-occupancy troubleshooting of building systems, Automation in Construction, Vol:89, ISSN:0926-5805, Pages:225-234

Fisk D, 2017, Deep thought, Physics World, Vol:30, ISSN:0953-8585, Pages:18-18


Lord S-F, Noye S, Ure J, et al., 2016, Comparative review of building commissioning regulation: a quality perspective, Building Research & Information, Vol:44, ISSN:0961-3218, Pages:630-643

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