Hector Altamirano is a building scientist with a broad research interest in energy, the indoor environment and the operational performance of buildings. Hector is a trained architect with an MA in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Design, and a PhD in Building Science.
As a regional coordinator for social housing development at the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning he worked on the Chile Barrio Programme aimed to develop low cost, energy efficient social housing. He was a researcher and co-founder of the Bioclimatic Laboratory at the Central University of Chile where he taught sustainable building design.
In October 2005 he joined the Complex Built Environment Systems (CBES) Research Group at the Bartlett, UCL as a doctoral student where he contributed to a number of projects funded under DCLG Building Operational Performance Framework as well as EPSRC/Carbon Trust funded CaRB project. In 2009 he moved to the Healthy Infrastructure Research Centre at the UCL Department of Civil and Geomatic Engineering where his work focused on exploring the relationship between infrastructure (buildings) and infectious disease transmission (e.g. tuberculosis, bird flu).