Paul Raftery (NUI)

Paul Raftery is a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology where he obtained a BEng(Hons) Mechanical with first class honours. He worked for one year in the Facilities department of a major international biomedical engineering company in areas such as energy auditing, energy monitoring and precision gas mixing systems.

Following this, he was awarded funding from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Marcus Keane at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2008, he obtained the Fulbright Award which funded a year-long research position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA. While there he developed a new method for calibrating building energy models to detailed measured data, which was applied to a case study of a building on the Intel site in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Paul was awarded a PhD in Engineering in 2010 and afterwards worked as a researcher at NUI Galway for the ITOBO research group. He is currently researching Fault Detection and Diagnosis part of of the I2E2 Appropriate Working Environments group.


Paul has hands-on experience in the following areas: HVAC engineering, energy auditing of large commercial buildings, building energy modelling software (EnergyPlus), HVAC systems design and analysis, Building Information Modelling, specification and installation of and Energy Monitoring Systems (EMS). He has also worked as an employee, a consultant, and a researcher in these areas over his career to date.

Research interests

  • Fault detection and diagnosis (FDD);
  • Calibration of whole building energy models;
  • Commercial and industrial building energy auditing;
  • Visualisation of building energy performance data;
  • Performance analysis of innovative HVAC systems.

Contact details

Paul Raftery,
Department of Civil Engineering,
National University of Ireland, Galway,
University Road, Galway, Ireland.

Landline: 353 91 49 3086
Email: praftery at
Skype: praftery