Dr Brian Pilkington

Dr Brian Pilkington

Lecturer in Environmental Building


Academic, member of the Environmental Building Group

Researcher, carrying out scientific research, sometimes in partnership with industry. Member of Environmental Building research group:

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Environmental Building Group:

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and the Environment (RICS, CIOB, ABE)

BSc (Hons) Construction Management and the Environment  (CIOB, ABE)

BSc (Hons) Environmental Construction Surveying (ABE)

Stage 1 tutor for the Environmental Building Group 


PhD: In situ measurements of building materials using a thermal probe (2008)

BSc(hons) First Class - Building Surveying and the Environment (final year dissertation: historic building condition) (2002)

25 years leading project teams providing complete solutions for clients in low impact construction and historic building repair

Professional membership

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Association of Building Engineers (ABE)

Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG)

Affiliate of the Institution of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT)

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA)

Soil Association

Royal Institute of Cornwall

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Member of Environmental Building research group:

Particular interests include:

In situ measurement of the thermal properties of building materials, sustainable building materials and thermal mass

Retrofitting traditional vernacular buildings to meet energy efficiency requirements

Wastewater treatment, co-composting, carbon cycles, food security and climate change

Ecological footprinting in community development, construction and as a measurement of sustainable development

Quantification of passive energy measures as a means of meeting carbon reduction targets

Building integrated renewable energy. Hydrogen as an energy storage medium for intermittant renewables

Listed and historic vernacular building condition

Research groups

  • Environmental Building

Pilkington B, Grove S (2012) Thermal conductivity probe length to radius ratio problem when measuring building insulation materials. Construction and Building Materials, v.35, pp.531-546. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2012.04.108

Pilkington B, Roach R, Perkins J (2011) Relative benefits of technology and occupant behaviour in moving towards a more energy efficient, sustainable housing paradigm. Energy Policy, v.39, nr.9, pp.4962-4970. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.018

Pilkington B, Griffiths R, Goodhew S, de Wilde P (2010)  In situ thermal conductivity measurements of building materials with a thermal probe. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, v.38 (3)

Pilkington B, Griffiths R, Goodhew S, de Wilde P (2008) Thermal probe technology for buildings: the transition from laboratory to field measurements. ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, v14 (4) pp.111-118

De Wilde P, Griffiths R, Pilkington B, Goodhew S (2007) Simulation of heat flow from a line source in support of development of a thermal probe. In: Jiang, Zhu, Yang and Li, eds. Building Simulation '07, 10th International IBPSA Conference, Beijing, China, September 3-6 2007, pp.1858-1865

Pilkington B, de Wilde P, Goodhew S, Griffiths R (2006) Development of a Probe for Measuring In-situ the Thermal Properties of Building Materials. In: Compagnon, Haefeli and Weber, ed. PLEA'06, 23rd International Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, September 6-8 2006, pp.665-670

De Wilde P, Pilkington B (2006) Education in Environmental Construction at the University of Plymouth: the Eco-House Project. In: Compagnon, Haefeli and Weber, ed. PLEA'06, 23rd International Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, September 6-8 2006, pp.773-778

Goodhew S, Pilkington B, Wilkinson D (2002) Has the listing of traditional, vernacular buildings been detrimental to their condition? RICS Education Trust