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Yangang Xing

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Yangang Xing is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment.

Career overview

Research areas

Available for postgraduate supervision (PhD or MPhil) in Green Building Technology, Smart Building and Nature Based Solutions.

Please have a look at the new fully-funded PhD studentships for UK, EU & international applicants. Details can be found on the NTU PhD page. Please get in contact with me if you are interested in applying for a position, and have an idea of a research area that you are interested in.

Research Interests in Architectural science and Sustainability which spans the low energy buildings technologies, nature-based solutions, smart cities to biomimicry. Dr Xing has been developing innovative applications of building physics research tools and, in a broader context, systemic modelling and assessment of future post-carbon built environment. Dr Xing is devoted to identifying and developing new research activities uncapping the full potentials of multidisciplinary collaboration tackling the grand challenges facing society on the horizon. Dr Xing completed his PhD in Dynamic system simulation for sustainability planning and has participated EPSRC-funded research projects focusing on methodological and technical innovations supporting building and urban sustainability. Apart from academic research, Dr Xing also has industrial experiences working for architectural and engineering consultancy firms specialized in discovering economic viable low/zero carbon building design and urban planning solutions.

External activity

Dr Yangang Xing is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHA) and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Association (MCIBSE).

Sponsors and collaborators

Welsh Assembly Government and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales


Wellcome Trust

British Council

European Regional Structural and Investment Fund

HE Academy



1. Bai & Xing, Relationship between urban heat island and green infrastructure fraction in Harbin, Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments III 10793

2. Xing, Yangang, Brewer, Matthew, El-Gharabawy, Hoda, Griffith, Gareth and Jones, Phil 2018. Growing and testing mycelium bricks as building insulation materials. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 121 , 022032. 10.1088/1755-1315/121/2/022032

3. Xing, Y. Bosch, M. Spear, M. Donnison, I. Ormondroyd, G. Jones, P. Exploring Design Principles of Biological and Living Building Envelopes: What Can We Learn from Plant Cell Walls? Intelligent Building International, Accepted.

1. Xing, Y., Jones, P. and Donnison, I. 2017. Characterisation of nature-based solutions for the built environment. Sustainability 9(1), article number: 149. (10.3390/su9010149)

2. Wootton-Beard, al. 2016. Improving the impact of plant science on urban planning and design. Buildings 6(4), article number: 48. (10.3390/buildings6040048)

3. Ou*a, al. 2014. China's energy-water nexus in 2009 by Sankey Diagram. Chemical Engineering Transactions 42, pp. 31-36.

4. Cai, al. 2013. Comparative study of energy consumption and CO2 emissions between Beijing and London. Frontiers in Energy 7(1), pp. (10.1007/s11708-012-0227-5)

5. Xing, Y. 2013, Researching Sustainable Living Styles in Post-carbon Societies, MADE, Issue 8, Welsh School of Architecture Publication, pp.54-56,

6. Xing, Y., Hewitt, N. and Griffiths, P. 2011. Zero carbon buildings refurbishment - A Hierarchical pathway. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15(6), pp. 3229-3236. (10.1016/j.rser.2011.04.020)

7. Xing, Y. and Dangerfield, B. 2010. Modelling the sustainability of mass tourism in island tourist economies. Journal of the Operational Research Society 62(9), pp. 1742-1752. (10.1057/jors.2010.77)

8. Xing, al. 2009. A framework model for assessing sustainability impacts of urban development. Accounting Forum 33(3), pp. 209-224. (10.1016/j.accfor.2008.09.003)

Book Chapter

1. Xing, Y., Lannon, S. C. and Eames, M. 2014. Exploring the use of systems dynamics in sustainable urban retrofit planning. In: Dixon, T. et al. eds. Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability: Mapping the Transition to 2050. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 49-70.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

1. Yang, L. Xing, Y. Jones, P.218, Exploring the potential for air pollution mitigation by urban green infrastructure for high density urban environment, EEEP23731, The International Conference on Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection

2. Xing, Y. 2017. Co-location of vertical farming from building design and urban planning perspective. Presented at: Co-Location of Vertical Farming in Wales, Cardiff, UK

3. 2. Xing, Y. 2016. Groundwater, green infrastructure and sustainable cities. Presented at: Resilience of Groundwater Systems to Climate Change and Human Development, Bangkok, Thailand,

4. Xing, Y. 2015. Urban greening evaluation toolkit for healthy cities planning. Presented at: 1st European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference., Vienna, Austria, 22-25 November 2015.

5. Xing, Y., Lannon, S. C. and Eames, M. 2013. Developing a system dynamics based building performance simulation model - SdSAP to assist retrofitting decision making. Presented at: Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013): 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France, 25-28 August 2013.Proceedings of BS2013: 13th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association), pp. 226-233.

6. Xing, Y. and Lannon, S. C. 2012. Towards a modelling framework for urban retrofit planning. Presented at: Low Carbon Futures Conference - Low Carbon Research Institute 4th Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 12-13 November 2012.

7. Xing, al. 2012. Low temperature district heating network planning with the focus on distribution energy losses. Presented at: The Fourth International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2012), Suzhou, China, 5-8 July 2012.