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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 2022

Research Output 2012 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Assessment of straw degradation inside straw bale walls in severe cold region of China

Yin, X., Lawrence, R., Maskell, D. & Sun, C., 25 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Compressive strength of novel alkali activated stabilised earth

Holur Narayanaswamy, A., Walker, P., Venkatarama Reddy, B. V., Heath, A. & Maskell, D., 6 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

41 Downloads (Pure)

Full-scale simulation of indoor humidity and moisture buffering properties of clay

Cascione, V., Maskell, D., Shea, A. & Walker, P., 2 Mar 2019, Earthen Dwellings and Structures. Springer Verlag, p. 395-406 9 p. (Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Hygrothermal Performance of Vernacular Stone in a Desert Climate

Makhlouf, N., Maskell, D., Marsh, A., Natarajan, S., Dabaieh, M. & Afify, M., 20 Aug 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 216, p. 687-696 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Development of Stabilised Extruded Earth Masonry Units

Author: Maskell, D., 12 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Walker, P. (Supervisor) & Heath, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of Straw Bale Building in Northern China

Author: Yin, X., 3 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Lawrence, R. (Supervisor) & Maskell, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD