Research at Leeds Beckett
About David Farmer
David is a Research Fellow in the Centre for the Built Environment (CeBE) research group within the Leeds Sustainability Institute. David's research activity primarily involves measuring the in-situ thermal performance of buildings at a whole-house and elemental level. He is currently developing a methodology to characterise whole house heat loss as part of his doctoral research.
David graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett) with a BSc in Construction Management with first class honours. The focus of his undergraduate studies was the low carbon refurbishment of houses; his dissertation in this field was highly commended in CIOB International Research and Innovation Awards. His research into this sector has continued since joining CeBE in 2011 and has demonstrated impact; he was directly involved in the research which resulted in changes to the RdSAP methodology.
David has experience of a wide range of building performance evaluation (BPE) and building forensics methodologies. These are employed in his research to measure the in-situ thermal performance of whole buildings, as well as the components and systems from which they are comprised. He is able to gain insight into the thermal performance of a building by combining in-situ fabric and services test methodologies with data analysis techniques.
- BSc Building Surveying
Much of David’s most recent research has involved measuring the improvement in thermal performance of dwellings following retrofit for clients such as government agencies and major insulation manufacturers. The research is typically designed to quantify any discrepancy between the calculated and measured increase in thermal performance (performance gap). The research is typically undertaken alongside a campaign of qualitative data collection, such as construction observations and building forensic work, which can enable the cause of any performance gap to be identified and solutions offered to prevent future occurrence.