Rebecca has developed a strong and passionate commitment to industry-focused research and teaching. Her research resonates with RMIT’s vision of transforming the built environment to create sustainable and resilient cities, and her current research focuses on solar energy applications in buildings, and construction innovation.
She actively represents Australia as an Expert in the International Energy Agency (IEA) collaborative programs: she is the Australian lead in the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 15 Enabling Framework for the Development of BIPV (https://apvi.org.au/pvps-task-15/), and the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) Task 66 Solar Energy Buildings. Her leadership role within these programs has provided great experiences working with lead researchers within Australia and internationally.
She is a member of the National Mirror Committee for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 82 Solar photovoltaic energy systems by Standards Australia, represents Australia to the development of an international standard IEC 63092 BIPV, reviews and comments on new proposed standards under IEC TC 82. With a background in building and construction and eight years’ experience in BIPV, she is uniquely placed to forge new directions in this field, combining sophisticated building design and modelling process and techniques with an understanding of BIPV features.
She has established Solar Energy Application Lab at RMIT and lead many academics, research students and research assistants from multiple in projects to support energy transformation through greater solar adoption in the building sector and the urban environment.