Reducing the energy demand of the UKs existing housing stock is essential for achieving emissions targets and alleviating fuel poverty.
The highest levels of heat loss occur in the 8 million homes that have solid masonry walls (SMWs). Insulating these walls can save energy but may cause moisture problems. Water accumulates within SMWs when it is raining outside or humid inside and diminishes with drier conditions. This moisture can lead to mould growth, interstitial condensation and freeze-thaw damage, which can cause severe damage and affect the health of occupants.
This PhD will produce new methods and metrics, backed by rigorous scientific evidence, that enable moisture risk assessment of SMWs to be carried out routinely, new insulation materials to be developed and more homes to be insulated. The research will use our state-of-the-art Hygrothermal Test Facility, full-sized test houses and the latest modelling software.
Dr David Allinson
19th April 2020
Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.
If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be approx. £17,009 (exact amount to be confirmed).
We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.
How to apply
Please click here to apply. This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal. In your application quote reference: ERBE20. Mention the Project Title in your application.