Will Swan

  • Director, Energy House Laboratories - University of Salford

Research interests

Professor Will Swan is the Director of Energy House Laboratories (EHL) at the University of Salford, where he has led the energy and buildings research for nearly 10 years. He leads a team of 16 staff covering all aspects of domestic and small commercial energy consumption, including building physics, building performance, systems and controls, IoT and energy modelling. The team operates 3 labs, including the Salford Energy House, a whole full-scale Victorian House in an environmental chamber and the newly established Smart Meters Smart Homes Lab. He is currently developing the major £16m Energy House 2.0 project, which extends the Energy House concept to include multiple building types. In addition, the team undertakes in situ field trails and testing, data analytics and dynamic simulation.

The Energy House Labs team have conducted more than £13m of grant funded and commercial research in the last 10 years. Grant funded work has been undertaken for Innovate UK, EU and UK Government, while commercial work has been undertaken with major companies such as Saint Gobain, Knauf, Siemens, Honeywell and Danfoss. The work of Energy House Labs is widely reported in the media, with work shown on BBC, MSNBC and Reuters, with press coverage in the mainstream UK press. The team have won a number of awards including 2 Green Gown Awards and a recent shortlisting for the Guardian University Awards on Industry Engagement.