UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Pre-1919 un-insulated suspended timber ground floors: estimating insitu heat-loss

30 November 2016

By Sofie Pelsmakers


Dr Cliff Elwell

Dr Ben Croxford

Dr David Shipworth


My research interests revolve around the legacy of the existing housing stock and in particular the most effective methods of insulating suspended timber ground floors in pre-1919 UK dwellings. My PhD investigates the heatloss of such floors; how to best reduce this heat-loss and what any unintended hygrothermal consequences of insulating such floors might be. 

I am undertaking in-situ heat-loss measurements alongside longitudinal monitoring of floor void conditions in both insulated and uninsulated floors. I am investigating different methods of reducing heat loss from suspended timber ground floors and aim to provide a solutions-based approach to insulating such ground floors. A full summary is available on the website of the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand.