Professor Richard Fitton

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Energy House 2.0 101

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Current positions

Reader in Energy Performance of Buildings


Richard holds a PhD in Building Physics and is also a chartered building surveyor.  He leads a task group for the development of international standards around energy performance.  He is also active in the International Energy Agency studying the use of smart meter data to provide energy efficiency data for dwellings. He holds a place on the SAP Scientific Integrity Group at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) which oversees the domestic energy model used in the UK. Richard is also the technical lead for the new Energy House 2 project, a building physics test lab.

Areas of research

Energy, Building Physics, Sustainability, Housing, Energy Efficiency


I currently deliver modules around retrofitting buildings to final year building surveying students, and supervise PhD students in the area of energy modelling and building performance measurement.

Research Interests

My main research interest in the measured energy performance of domestic buildings, both new build and retrofitted.  I have a special interest in Energy Pathology, which examines issues with the energy performance of buildings, and the explanation/diagnosis of gaps in a buildings performance.

My other interests are:

  • Building pathology
  • Energy modelling
  • Sensor design for building physics applications
  • Window coverings and energy performance

Qualifications and Memberships


PhD in Building Physics