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School of the Built Environment

Professor William Swan

Associate Dean Enterprise


Professor Will Swan leads the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) at the University of Salford, which he established in 2011. ABERG is home to the Salford Energy House, a whole test house within an environmental chamber, which has undertaken ground-breaking work on retrofit and controls. He has a background in industry-focused research, previously being sustainability and performance measurement lead at the Centre for Construction innovation before establishing ABERG, as a multi-disciplinary research group. He has undertaken research projects for the EPSRC, EU, Innovate UK and a wide number of commercial clients. He has published a wide number of article and the areas of trust, retrofit and energy in the built environment.


  • Discipline Project 2 CPM
  • Multi-Disciplinary Project 3 Building Surveying

Research Interests

  • Retrofit
  • Energy and Buildings
  • Building Performance


Qualifications and Memberships

  • Member of Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Buildings Group
  • Chair of Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network
  • Member of National Refurbishment Centre
  • Fellow of Centre for Refurbishment Excellence
  • Fellow of Institute of Sustainability
  • Member of Constructing Excellence Board
  • Member of Zero Carbon Hub Performance Gap Group DV0
  • Co-Chair of Retrofit 2012 Conference
  • Invited Speaker at Housing Forum, Retrofit Roadshow and Eco Build
  • Chair of North West Construction Awards


Pelsmakers, S., Fitton, R., Biddulph, P., Swan, W., Croxford, B., Stamp, S., Calboli, F.C.F., Shipworth, D., Lowe, R. and Elwell, C.A., 2017. Heat-flow variability of suspended timber ground floors: Implications for in-situ heat-flux measuring. Energy and Buildings, 138, pp.396-405.

Gledhill, T., Kempton, J., Swan, W. and Fitton, R., 2016. The variability of UK domestic energy assessments. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, 4(4), pp.264-279.

Fitton, R., Swan, W., Hughes, T., Benjaber, M. and Todd, S., 2016. Assessing the performance of domestic heating controls in a whole house test facility. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 37(5), pp.539-554.

Swan, W, Fitton, R., Brown, P. (2015) A UK Practitioner View of Domestic Energy Performance Measurement, Proceeding of ICE – Engineering Sustainability – in press – Impact Factor 0.604

Brown, Philip, Will Swan, and Sharon Chahal. "Retrofitting social housing: reflections by tenants on adopting and living with retrofit technology." Energy Efficiency (2014): 1-13. Impact Factor 0.961

Ji, Yingchun, Fitton, R., Swan, W. "Assessing overheating of the UK existing dwellings–A case study of replica Victorian end terrace house." Building and Environment 77 (2014): 1-11. Impact Factor 3.022

Swan, William, Les Ruddock, and Luke Smith. "Low carbon retrofit: attitudes and readiness within the social housing sector." Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 20.5 (2013): 522-535.

Swan, William, et al. "Adoption of sustainable retrofit in UK social housing." Structural Survey 31.3 (2013): 181-193. (Outstanding Paper 2013)

Khalfan, Malik MA, Peter McDermott, and Will Swan. "Building trust in construction projects." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal 12.6 (2007): 385-391. Impact Factor 3.717 (Highly Commended Paper 2007)

Swan, Will, and Malik MA Khalfan. "Mutual objective setting for partnering projects in the public sector." Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 14.2 (2007): 119-130.

Swan, William, Peter McDermott, and Malik Khalfan. "The application of social network analysis to identify trust-based networks in construction." International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations 4.4 (2007): 369-382.

McDermott, P., M. Khalfan, and W. Swan. "Trust in construction projects." Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction 10.1 (2005): 19-32.

Swan, W., McDermott, P., Khalfan, M. M. A., Cooper, R., Rees, C., & Woods, G. (2005). The development of trust inventory. Journal of Construction Procurement, 11(1), 40-54.

McDermott, P., M. MA Khalfan, and W. Swan. "An exploration of the relationship between trust and collaborative working in the construction sector." Construction Information Quarterly 6.4 (2004): 140-146.

Wood, Graham, Peter McDermott, and Will Swan. "The ethical benefits of trust-based partnering: the example of the construction industry." Business Ethics: A European Review 11.1 (2002): 4-13.

Conference Papers

Gonzalez, A.G., Zotano, M.A.G., Swan, W., Bouillard, P. and Elkadi, H.A., 2016. Maturity matrix assessment: evaluation of energy efficiency strategies in Brussels historic residential stock. Energy Procedia.

González, A.G., Roberts, B.I., Fitton, R., Swan, W. and Elkadi, H.A., 2016. Understanding our heritage: monitoring of energy and environmental performance of traditional terraced houses of Northern England.

Chahal, S., Swan, W. and Brown, P. (2012) Tenant Experiences of Retrofit, Proceedings of Retrofit 2012, 24th -26th January, Salford

Wetherill, Matt; Swan, Will; Abbott, Carl; The influence of UK energy policy on low carbon retrofit in UK housing, Proceedings of Retrofit 2012, 24th -26th January, Salford,

Swan, Will; Abbott, Carl; Barlow, Catherine; , ApRemodel: A Study of Non-Technical Innovation in Multi-Occupancy Sustainable Retrofit Housing Projects, Proceedings of Retrofit 2012, 24th -26th January, Salford

Smith, Luke; Swan, Will; , Delivery of Retrofit at Scale: Developing a viable delivery model in social housing, Proceedings of Retrofit 2012, 24th -26th January, Salford

Swan, W; McDermott, P; Khalfan, M; Cooper, R; Rees, C; Wood, G; , The development of trust inventory, Journal of Construction Procurement, 11, 1, 40-54, 2005, International Procurement Research Group

Hudson, J; Kyng, E; McDermott, P; Swan, W; , Trust, Briefing, Facilities Management and Procurement Contexts, SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABILITY AND VALUE THROUGH CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT, 242, ,

Swan, William; Cooper, Rachel; McDermott, Peter; Wood, Graham; , A review of social network analysis for the IMI trust in construction project, Proceedings of the 17th ARCOM Conference, Salford University, ARCOM, Reading, 59-67, 2001,

Swan, William; Wood, Graham; McDermott, Peter; Cooper, Rachel; , Trust in construction: conceptions of trust in project relationships, W92 2002 Conference, http://www. scpm. salford. ac. uk/trust, 2002,

Books, Book Chapters and Reports

Swan, William, and Philip Brown. Retrofitting the Built Environment. Wiley, 2013.

Swan, Will; Wetherill, Matthew; Abbott, Carl; , A Review of the UK Domestic Energy System, , 2010, Salford Centre for Research and Innovation

Swan, Will; McDermott, Peter; Khalfan, Malik; , Trust and commercial managers: influences and impacts, Commercial Management of Projects: Defining the Discipline, 172-191, 2008, Wiley Online Library

Swan, Will; Kyng, Emma; , An Introduction to Key Performance Indicators, Manchester: Centre for Construction Innovation.[Links], 2005,

Swan, William; McDermott, Peter; Wood, Graham; Thomas, Andrew; Abbott, Carl; Trust in construction: achieving cultural change, , 2002, Centre for Construction Innovation