Mark Gillott

  • Professor of Sustainable Design, Head of Department of Architecture & Built Environment - University of Nottingham

Research interests

Mark Gillott, Professor of Sustainable Building Design, has over 25 years’ experience in low carbon sustainable energy technologies and sustainable building design. He is the Head of Department at the University of Nottingham’s Department of the Built Environment and the Deputy Head of the Buildings, Energy & Environment Research Group. His external appointments include Director level roles in the Nottingham based community energy group MOZES and the community energy company Trent Basin Esco Ltd. Both of these organisations work with the local communities to accelerate the use of community renewable energy systems, reduce fuel costs and improve building energy efficiency in order to work towards the elimination of fuel poverty. He is the research and project manager for the multi-award winning Creative Energy Homes low/zero carbon housing project which incorporates a novel consumer-prosumer 4th Generation low temperature heat network and an electricity micro-grid. These community energy systems utilise and demonstrate solar and heat pump technologies, community energy stores and demand side management technologies. Through this project he has designed, constructed and monitored the performance of some of the UK’s first whole house retrofits and ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ level 4 and 6 (zero carbon) homes. He project managed the design and construction of the UK entry to the International Solar Decathlon Competition in 2010, a Zero Carbon Volumetric modular off-site manufactured solar powered home. He has extensive experience in the monitoring and evaluation of buildings, e.g. Technology Strategy Board Performance Evaluation of Buildings Programme ‘Green Street’ project which helped inform Igloo Blueprints low carbon housing delivery strategy and handover policy, Innovate UK funded EMPower (EP/M506722/1) and EU funded project SENSIBLE, Storage Enabled Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Communities. Prof Gillott was the PI on the E.ON International Research Initiative Project ‘SWITCH - Smart Wireless Integrated Technology Control in Homes’, which investigated consumer acceptance, appliance/behaviour modelling and demand-side management scenarios utilising smart home controls and a home energy monitoring system developed in the project. He was an investigator on three ‘Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation, TEDDI’ EPSRC research projects (Wi-Be: EP/I000259/1, C-AWARE: EP/I000240/1 and Multiscale Modelling to maximise Demand Side Management: EP/I000496/1). He was the CI on the EPSRC funded project CALEBRE, Consumer Appealing Low Energy Technologies for Building Retrofitting, EP/G000387/1.


He was the lead academic on the Innovate UK £6 million project Sustainable Community Energy Networks SCENe and is project managing the £3 million UK Energy Research Accelerator Community Energy Demonstrator at the £180 million Nottingham Trent Basin sustainable housing development of low carbon homes. This scheme will operate under a new community energy business model run by Trent Basin Esco Ltd and incorporate Europe’s largest community energy battery, a community thermal store, heat pumps, low temperature heat networks and onsite solar PV. He is currently CI on the EPSRC funded n-CoSH (nano-Structured PCM Composites for compact Space Heating EP/M506722/1) and £36 million ISCF/EPSRC ‘Active Building Centre’ (EP/S016627/1). Prof Gillott was the PI on the European Space Agency funded ‘Human Switch’ project developing intelligent vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric vehicle charging solutions. He is CI on the Innovate UK V2G and wireless vehicle demonstrator project EV-elocity and AMiCc is the lead academic on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with A.T. Kearney, Hydrogarden and Siemens. Prof Gillott has significant expertise in the energy modelling of buildings, primarily dynamic thermal simulation in current and future climate scenarios. He has co-developed models for designing community energy systems incorporating renewable generation, batteries and thermal stores.  


He has presented professionally accredited CPD and was invited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to deliver National CPD on the UK Governments ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ – what was the UK roadmap for the delivery of zero-carbon housing. Prof Gillott’s work is widely published and he has presented numerous papers relating to his research at national and international conferences. He has also presented his research work on sustainable buildings internationally and nationally through television/radio media (e.g. BBC and SKY News) and his work has been exhibited at the National Science Museum in London (Building to the Limits Exhibition).