Professor David Allinson

BEng (Hons) MSc (Eng) PhD PGCAP FHEA

Pronouns: He/him
  • Professor of Building Physics
  • Building Energy Research Group (BERG) Lead

Research and expertise

My research addresses the challenge of transforming the performance of buildings for a healthy, sustainable, and zero-carbon future.


I combine measurement and modelling techniques to evaluate the energy, thermal, and moisture performance of buildings. My expertise includes: large scale field trails; test houses with synthetic occupants; the Loughborough Hygrothermal Test Facility; building diagnostics and post-occupancy evaluation; energy, temperature and indoor air quality monitoring; modelling, thermal and hygrothermal simulation, and the UK's Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).

Current research activity

  • Development of Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) 11, BRE/BEIS
  • SMETER Business Process Design Project (SMETER BPD), AECOM/BEIS
  • Active Buildings Centre, EPSRC

Recently completed research projects

  • Technical Evaluation of SMETER Technologies (TEST) Project, BEIS
  • Active Buildings Centre, EPSRC
  • Methods and Metrics for Moisture Risk Assessment (MRA-SWI), EPSRC
  • DEFACTO - Digital Energy Feedback and Control Optimisation, EPSRC
  • SCENe- Sustainable Community Energy Networks, Innovate UK

Completed Doctoral Researchers

Recent publications


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes, including:


  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer for Architectural Engineering Programme (Responsible Examiner)
  • Indoor Air module for Architectural Engineering Programme
  • Architectural Science and Advanced Technical Investigations for Architecture Programme
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


  • Socio-technical Perspectives: Theory and Methods for ERBE Programme (Responsible Examiner)
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests

Recently completed projects

  • Damp and Mould Risk Indicator, Build Test Solutions
  • Overheating analysis: UK National Energy Follow Up Study (BEIS), BRE


I am a mechanical engineering graduate with long-standing expertise in experimental methods, having performed R&D and testing roles in the private sector, for the government and in academia (ICI, National Power, Health and Safety Laboratory, University of Nottingham).

Expertise in numerical modelling and simulation were developed during my subsequent PhD and PostDoc (Built Environment, University of Nottingham). Since joining Loughborough University, I have continued to combine measurement and modelling techniques to evaluate the performance of buildings, their systems and occupants. This has included evaluating the performance of buildings in large-scale field trials, developing the BERG's test houses with synthetic occupancy, designing the state-of-the-art Hygrothermal Test Facility in our laboratories, and using high quality data to assess the accuracy of models and to improve their predictions.

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Loughborough University Teaching Innovation Award 2020
  • CIBSE Carter Bronze medal 2020, best paper in the CIBSE technical journal
  • ABCE School award 2019 (largest Enterprise Grant at Loughborough University)
  • Loughborough University, Built Environment Beacon, Research awards, Research Paper of the year 2018

External activities

  • PhD examination: University of Nottingham, University of Bath, UCL and Leeds Beckett University
  • External examiner: MSc Facade Engineering, University of Western England, Bristol
  • European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee: CEN/TC89 Working Group 13 “Thermal performance of buildings and building components”
  • British Standards Institution subcommittee B/540/2- Building Performance–moisture
  • Expert technical reviewer, including for CIBSE, DECC, BEIS, and all the major academic journals in my field

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE)
  • Halton Housing, Widness
  • Building Performance and Sustainability Research Unit, Leeds Beckett University
  • Physical Characterisation of Buildings group, University College London
  • Build Test Solutions