Room: 6E 4.2c
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4472
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
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.
Ansell, M., Ball, R., Maskell, D., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2017. Green composites for the built environment. In: Green composites.2 ed. . (Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering)
Walker, P., Thomson, A. and Maskell, D., 2016. Straw bale construction. In: Harries, K. A. and Sharma, B., eds. Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials. Woodhead Publishing Ltd., p. 127. (Woodhead Publish Series in Civil and StructuralEngineering; 58)
McGregor, F., Heath, A., Maskell, D., Fabbri, A. and Morel, J.-C., 2016. A review on the buffering capacity of earth building materials. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials, 169 (5), pp. 241-251.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2016. Appropriate structural unfired earth masonry units. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials, 169 (5), pp. 261-270.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2015. Use of Metakaolin with stabilised extruded earth masonry units. Construction and Building Materials, 78 (1), p. 172.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P. J., 2014. Inorganic Stabilisation Methods for Extruded Earth Masonry Units. Construction and Building Materials, 71, pp. 602-609.
Maskell, D., Walker, P. J., Thomson, A., Gross, C. D., Beadle, K. and Mander, T., 2014. Structural development and testing of a prototype house using timber and straw bales. ICE Proceedings Structures & Buildings, 168 (1), pp. 67-75.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P. J., 2014. Comparing the environmental impact of stabilisers for unfired earth construction. Key Engineering Materials, 600, pp. 132-143.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P. J., 2014. Geopolymer stabilisation of unfired earth masonry units. Key Engineering Materials, 600, pp. 175-185.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2013. Laboratory scale testing of extruded earth masonry units. Materials & Design, 45, pp. 359-364.
Conference or Workshop Items
Maskell, D. and Keable, R., 2016. Development of earth occupation standards within the UK. In: LEHM 2016, 2016-11-12 - 2016-11-14. Dachverband Lehm e.V., Weimar.
Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Walker, P. and Lemke, M., 2016. Direct measurement of effective moisture buffering penetration depths in clay plasters. In: LEHM 2016, 2016-11-12 - 2016-11-14. Dachverband Lehm e.V., Weimar.
Lamezon De pÁDua, P., Maskell, D., Walker, P. and Heath, A., 2016. Cement with Sugar Cane Bagasse Ash (SCBA) as a stabilizer in compressed earth blocks. In: Terra 2016, 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture, 2016-07-10 - 2016-07-14.
Maskell, D. and Keable, R., 2016. Shifting perceptions: Establishing an Earth Building Organisation in the UK. In: Terra 2016, 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture, 2016-07-10 - 2016-07-14.
Maskell, D., Reddy, V., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2016. Modern earth construction techniques – an overview. In: 16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, 2016, 2016-06-26 - 2016-06-30.
Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Lawrence, R., Shea, A. and Walker, P., 2015. The impact of bio-aggregate addition on the hygrothermal properties of lime plasters. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.
Thomson, A., Maskell, D., Walker, P., Lemke, M., Shea, A. and Lawrence, R., 2015. Improving hygrothermal properties of clay. In: 15th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT 2015), 2015-08-10 - 2015-08-13, Univeristy of Manitoba.
Maskell, D., da Silva, C. F., Mower, K., Cheta, R., Dengel, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M., Walker, P. and Shea, A., 2015. Properties of bio-based insulation materials and their potential impact on indoor air quality.
Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, C. F., Maskell, D., Ball, R. and Ansell, M., 2014. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of eco-materials for passive indoor environmental control. In: Advanced Building Skins Conference Proceedings of the 9th ENERGY FORUM, 2014-10-28 - 2014-10-29.
Giampiccolo, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M. and Maskell, D., 2014. Synthesis of Co-doped TiO2 nanostructures for novel photo-catalytic coatings. In: ENERGY FORUM on Advanced Building Skins, 2014-10-28 - 2014-10-29, Forum Bressanone, Via Roma 9 in Bressanone.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P. J., 2013. Suitable stabilisation methods for extruded earth masonry. In: Central Europe towards Sustainable Building 2013 (CESB 13), 2013-06-26 - 2013-06-28.
Maskell, D., Heath, A. and Walker, P., 2012. Durable Structural Extruded Earth Masonry Units. In: Proceedings of LEHM 2012: 6th International Conference on Building with Earth, 2012-10-05 - 2012-10-07.
Maskell, D., Walker, P. and Heath, A., 2012. The compressive strength of lignosulphonate stabilised extruded earth masonry units. In: Terra 2012: 11th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture Heritage, 2012-04-22 - 2012-04-27.
Maskell, D., 2013. Development of Stabilised Extruded Earth Masonry Units. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.