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Research interests

Dan’s interests are in innovative building materials and how these can be used for the improvement of the indoor environment quality for improved occupant health and wellbeing. He has a wide experience with natural building materials including earth, straw bale and other inorganic and organic materials. Dan’s approach is to consider holistically the use of these materials, investigating their material properties for structural and indoor environment regulation.

Dan’s research work initially centred on physical, mechanical and structural characterisation, but has developed to include work on micro-structural analysis, heat and moisture transfer in porous materials, life-cycle appraisal, environmental monit

toring and testing and most recently indoor environmental quality. Recent projects he has been a part of have included 
• The construction and testing of BaleHaus, an innovative prefabricated straw bale house, 
• Development of Stabilised extruded earth units. 
• ECO-SEE: Eco-innovative, Safe and Energy Efficient wall panels and materials for a healthier indoor environment, FP7.

He has been the recipient of best journal-paper award from the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Willing to supervise PhD

  • Innovative renewable construction materials
  • Hygrothermal performance of materials
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Health and Wellbeing of building occupants

Education / Academic qualification

Civil Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, University of Bath

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2012 2017

An Alternative to Gypsum Plasterboard

Maskell, D., Church, M., Thomson, A., Walker, P. & Robinson, T. 9 Dec 2017 p. 93 - 99 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

life cycle
thermal conductivity
environmental quality

Bio-based plaster for improved indoor air quality

Maskell, D., Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, C., Mower, K., Cheta, R., Dengel, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M., Thomson, A., Peter, U. & Walker, P. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

volatile organic compound
indoor air
air quality

Development of a Bio-Based Plasterboard

Maskell, D., Church, M., Thomson, A., Walker, P. & Robinson, T. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

environmental impact
thermal conductivity
environmental quality

Green composites for the built environment

Ansell, M., Ball, R., Maskell, D., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. & Walker, P. 1 Feb 2017 Green composites (2nd ed.): Natural and Waste-based Composites for a Sustainable Future. Baillie, C. & Jayasinghe, R. (eds.). Woodhead Publishing, p. 123-148 (Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Composite materials