Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

 Dan Maskell New

Contact details

 Room: 6E 4.2c
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4472

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

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

Dr Daniel Maskell

MEng PhD


Daniel Maskell is a Prize Fellow in Innovative Construction Materials in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. His research interests are related to the use of materials for improvement of the indoor environment quality.

Dan graduated with a First Class master's degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Bath in 2010 and won several University Awards. Dan stayed within the department to undertake a URS funded PhD investigating the development of earthen construction techniques for mainstream use. Following the completion of his PhD, he joined the University as a Research Associate.

As part of the University’s 50th Anniversary in 2016, Dan was awarded a Prize fellowship working within the BRE Centre of Innovative Construction Materials. 


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 monitoring 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. 


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