School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Professor Malcolm Cook BSc MSc PhD MIMA CMath MASHRAE

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Associate Dean (Research)

Professor of Building Performance Analysis


Malcolm graduated from Manchester University in 1991 with a degree in Mathematics before moving to Leicester University where he studied for a masters degree in Electromechanical Design. He then moved to De Montfort University, Leicester, where he completed his PhD in 1998 in the area of computational fluid dynamics modelling of natural ventilation. Between 1998 and 2008, Malcolm worked on several research projects at De Montfort in the area of low energy cooling and ventilation in buildings. He spent much of his time undertaking consultancy work for a variety of clients including architects, building services engineers and local government. The projects involved concept design work as well as detailed computer simulation. Malcolm moved to Loughborough University in September 2008 as a Reader in Building Performance Modelling and was awarded his chair in Building Performance Analysis in May 2012.

Broad interests and expertise

Energy use in non-domestic buildings and building performance modelling

Professional affiliations

Member CIBSE 
Member ASHRAE 
Member IMA 
Chartered Mathematician

Research interests

Low energy buildings (concept design and computer simulation) 
Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of buoyancy-driven flows 
Natural ventilation (design and modelling) 
Low energy cooling and ventilation 
Thermal comfort 
Building control

PhD Research: Computational fluid dynamics modelling of buoyancy-driven displacement ventilation

Click here for contents listing (pdf), which contains links to thesis chapters.

Previous reseach projects

  • Design strategies for low energy ventilation and cooling of health care buildings
  • Engaging the school community in building for a sustainable future
  • Natural ventilation modelling using large eddy simulation
  • Simulation of dynamic thermal performance of buildings using computational fluid dynamics
  • Control of heat transfer and airflow in multi-functional façades
  • Use of computational fluid dynamics for modelling natural ventilation
  • Application of passive downdraught evaporative cooling in non-domestic buildings

Research project

Modelling the Human Occupancy Factor in the Design of Naturally Ventilated Buildings


The aim of the project is to develop a validated simulation tool capable of predicting the human-environment interactions in naturally ventilated buildings and so to predict the impact of building designs on occupants and vice versa. The research will combine a detailed computer model for predicting airflow and temperature patterns in buildings (computational fluid dynamics or CFD) with a detailed mathematical model of human physiology and thermal comfort. Although the system will be used primarily for addressing thermal comfort in naturally ventilated spaces, it is expected that the model will have many more applications in which the comfort and safety of people is of interest.


Computer simulation with experimental validation




Chairman IBPSA-England 
Secretary CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group 
Editorial board for International Journal of Ventilation
Voting member of ASHRAE technical committee 4.10 for Indoor Environmental Modelling
Voting member of ASHRAE technical committee 4.7 for Energy Calculations
Associate Editor, HVAC&R