Director, Excellence in Sustainable Building Design
Heriot-Watt University

Professor Lynne Jack is Director of Heriot-Watt University’s Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design and has recently been appointed Director of Research at the University’s Malaysia campus. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and a Fellow of the UK Society of Public Health Engineers.

Following completion of her undergraduate degree in 1990, Lynne worked as a thermal engineer, and subsequently, a consultant energy engineer before returning to academia in 1993 as a Research Associate. She has been an active researcher since then, securing her PhD in 1997, and taking up her first full-time academic teaching post in 1999.

Lynne’s main areas of research lie in the modelling of air pressure transient propagation in building drainage ventilation systems, in the simulation of rainwater drainage systems for the purposes of performance assessment, and in the assessment of design implications following the integration of low-water-use appliances. In particular, Lynne’s research focuses on modelling the flow characteristics in vertical drainage stacks that influence system pressure changes; on the response and performance of building roof drainage systems (conventional and siphonic) when subject to the effects of climate change; and on the impact on network design procedures of the integration of water efficiency measures.

In 2015, Lynne was nominated to, and took up, the role of Chair of the Scientific Committee of the CIB (Conseil International du Batiment) W62 Working Group; an international research organisation addressing Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings.

Lynne is currently CIBSE Vice President, a Board member, and Vice-Chair of CIBSE’s Education, Training and Membership Committee. She also co-founded the Scottish region of SoPHE (Society of Public Health Engineers).


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