Professor Pieter De Wilde

Professor Pieter De Wilde

Professor in Building Performance Analysis

School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Professor in Building Performance Analysis


2004: PhD, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Building Physics Group, Delft, the Netherlands. Thesis titled 'Computational Support for the Selection of Energy Saving Building Components'

1995: MSc, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Building Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Thesis titled ‘The Solar Garden House: a preliminary study on the efficiency of a new concept for low-energy design’

1991: BSc, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture

Professional membership

Member of ASHRAE, the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers ( ).

Member of IBPSA, the International Building Performance Simulation Association (, and IBPSA affiliate regions England, Nederland-Vlaanderen and Germany.

Member of EG-ICE, the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering (

Member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (

Member of the Dutch Technical Association for Installations in Buildings TVVL (

Affiliate member of CIBSE, the Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers (

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (

Member of the Society of Building Science Educators (

Research interests

building performance simulation, with a focus on thermal aspects

building physics and building science

architectural design and decision-making processes

building services engineering

energy-efficient buildings and energy saving building components

building operational conditions and control, including occupant behaviour and climate change.

Prof. de Wilde is happy to discuss any project collaboratations or potential PhD studies with applicants, as long as they are in line with the above research interests. Please email per address provided to discuss options.

Grants & contracts

Research grants obtained and projects undertaken

As Principal investigator:

EPSRC Transforming Energy Demand in Buildings through Digital Innovation (BuildTEDDI) Scheme, Project Reference EP/K002465/1

eViz - Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction

Project value: £ 1.498.858,- (grant); total FEC £ 1.873.572,-. Start per September 2012, for 3 years

Shared project lead with Dr Sabine Pahl of the School of Psychology, Plymouth. Further project partners: University of Bath, University of Birmingham, Newcastle University

 EPSRC First Grant Scheme, Project Reference EP/000344

Management of thermal performance risks in buildings subject to climate change

Project value: £ 159.688,- (grant); total fEC £199.610,-. Start per January 2009, for 2 years

EPSRC Materials KTN (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Materials Knowledge Transfer Network); Industrial CASE Award with Cornish Lime Ltd, Bodmin, Cornwall, UK

Development of a lime render based internal insulant for the energy efficient renovation of UK homes

Project value: £ 63.789,- (grant) plus £ 21.263,- (SME input). Start January 2009, for 3.5 years

EU ESF-CUC (European Social Fund – Combined Universities of Cornwall) Studentship, with Penwith Housing Association, RTP Surveyors and the Cornwall Development Company and the University of Exeter

Thermography for thermal building assessment and improvement.

Project value: £ 60.000,-. Start January 2012, for 36 months

Knowledge Transfer Parnership (KTP), with C3Resources, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Intelligent software for the analysis of building energy usage data

Project value: £ 60.216,- (grant) plus £ 29.659,- (SME input); total fEC £ 89.874,-. Start in February 2010, for 1.5 years.

Great Western Research (project taken over from Dr Steve Goodhew per 1 April 2008)

An investigation into the moisture performance of non-food-crop construction materials

Project value: £ 27.600,- (GRW grant) plus £ 13.750,- (Contribution by National Non-Food Crop Centre and the Ecological Building Society). 1 January 2007, 36 months

Total (combined) value of projects: £ 475.886,-

As co-investigator or research assistant

Projects for a number of clients like Pilkington Glass, Velux S.A., SenterNovem, and DOE

-          Hot box measurement on 25 Pilkington glazing samples according to ISO 12567-1:2000 (2005)

-          Baseline calculation with EnergyPlus as validation for a Velux model (2004)

-          Dynamische Zonnegevel ZonWEL (2002-2005)

-          Passief Koelen met LT Systemen (2003)

-          Design Analysis Interface (DAI) Initiative (2001-2002)

Total (combined) value of projects: € 430.000,-.

Internal grants obtained

Travel grants to attend conference and symposia, funded by Delft University of Technology, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, TNO Building and Construction Research and the University of Plymouth. Total combined value in the order of £ 20.000,-

Software purchase funds from Delft University of Technology and University of Plymouth. Total combined value in the order of £ 5.000,-



1.             de Wilde, P., 2004. ComputationalSupport for the Selection of Energy Saving Building Components. PhD-thesis. Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture,Building Physics Group, Delft, the Netherlands. Delft: Delft University Press. ISBN 90-407-2476-8

2.             de Wilde, P. and G.Augenbroe, 2009. Energy modelling. In: D. Mumovic and M. Santamouris (eds), A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering. London: Earthscan (James & JamesPublishers), 51-61. ISBN 978-1-84407-596-6

3.             de Wilde, P. and D.Coley (guest eds), 2012. The Implications of a Changing Climate for Buildings.Special Issue of Building and Environment, 55.

4.             Li,H., Y. Rafiq and Wilde (eds), 2014. Proceedings of IntelligentComputing in Engineering 2014 Conference, Cardiff, UK, July 16-18 2014 (USB)

5.             McCullen, N.,S. Natarajan, D. Coley and P. de Wilde(eds), 2013. Proceedings of FutureBuild 2013,Bath, United Kingdom, September 4-6 2013 (USB)

6.             Suter,G., Wilde and Y. Rafiq (eds), 2013. Proceedings of IntelligentComputing in Engineering 2013 Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 1-3 2013 (USB)

7.             Borrmann,A., P. Geyer, Wilde and Y. Rafiq (eds), 2012. Proceedings ofIntelligent Computing in Engineering 2012 Conference, Herrsching, Germany,July 4-6 2012. Munich: Technische Universität München (USB) ISBN978-3-00-038455-4

8.             Hartmann,T., Wilde and Y. Rafiq (eds),2011. Proceedings of Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2011 Conference,Enschede, the Netherlands, July 6-8 2011. Enschede: University of Twente (USB) ISBN978-90-365-3216-7

9.             Rafiq,Y., P. de Wilde and M. Borthwick(eds), 2008. Proceedings of IntelligentComputing in Engineering 2008 Conference, Plymouth, UK, July 2-4 2008.Plymouth: University of Plymouth (CD-ROM) ISBN 978-1-84102-191-1

10.          de Wilde, P. (ed), 2007. Proceedings of Building Simulation in the SouthWest, IBPSA-England Symposium, Plymouth, United Kingdom, November 16 2007.Plymouth: University of Plymouth (CD-ROM)

11.          vander Voorden, M., L. Itard and P. deWilde (eds), 2005. Proceedings of the IBPSA-NVL Conference, Delft, theNetherlands, October 20 2005. Delft: TU Delft (CD-ROM)





12.          Fox,M., D. Coley, S. Goodhew and P. de Wilde,2014. Thermography methodologies for detecting energy related building defects.Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews,40, 296–310

13.          de Wilde, P., 2014. The gap between predicted and measured energy performance ofbuildings: a framework for investigation. Automationin Construction, 41, 40-49

14.          Wei, S.,R. Jones and P. de Wilde, 2014.Driving factors for occupant-controlled space heating in residential buildings.Energy and Buildings, 70, 36-44.

15.          Hamza, N. and P. de Wilde, 2014. Buildingsimulation visualisation for the boardroom: an exploratory study. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 7(1),52-67

16.          deWilde, P., C. Martinez-Ortiz, D. Pearson, I. Beynon, M. Beck and N. Barlow, 2013.Building simulation approaches for the training of automated data analysistools in building energy management. AdvancedEngineering Informatics, 27, 457-465.

17.          Lawrence,M., A. Shea, P. Walker and P. de Wilde,2013. Hygrothermal performance of bio-based insulation materials. Proceedings of the ICE - ConstructionMaterials, 166 (4), 257-263

18.          deWilde, P. and D. Coley,2012. The Implications of a Changing Climate for Buildings (Editorial article).Building and Environment, 55, 1-7.

19.          deWilde, P. and W.Tian,2012. Management of thermalperformance risks in buildings subject to climate change. Building andEnvironment, 55, 167-177.

20.          Tian,W. and P. de Wilde, 2011. Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of theperformance of an air-conditioned campus building in the UK under probabilisticclimate projections. Automation in Construction, 20, 1096-1109

21.          de Wilde, P. and W. Tian, 2011. Towards probabilistic performance metrics for climate change impactstudies. Energy and Buildings, 43(11), 3013-3018

22.          de Wilde, P., W. Tian and G. Augenbroe, 2011. Longitudinalprediction of the operational energy use of buildings. Building and Environment, 46 (8), 1670-1680

23.          Tian,W. and P. de Wilde, 2011. Thermalbuilding simulation using the UKCP09 probabilistic climate projections. Journal of Building Performance Simulation,4 (2), 105-124

24.          Goodhew,S., J. Carfrae, and P. de Wilde,2010. Briefing: Challenges related to straw bale construction. Proceedings of the ICE -Engineering Sustainability, 163 (4), 185-189

25.          Parsons,D., S. Goodhew, A. Fewkes and P. deWilde, 2010. The perceived barriers to the inclusion of rain waterharvesting systems by UK house building companies. Urban Water Journal, 7 (4), 257-265

26.          Carfrae,J., Wilde, S. Goodhew, P.Walker and J. Littlewood, 2010. A cost effective probe for the long term monitoringof straw bale buildings. Building andEnvironment, 46 (01), 156-164

27.          deWilde, P. and W Tian,2010. Predicting the performanceof an office under climate change: a study of metrics, sensitivity and zonalresolution. Energy and Buildings, 42(10), 1674-1684

28.          de Wilde, P. and W. Tian, 2010. The role of adaptive thermal comfort in theprediction of the thermalperformance of a modern mixed-mode office building in the UK under climatechange. Journal of Building PerformanceSimulation, 3 (2), 87-101

29.          Pilkington,B., S. Goodhew and P. de Wilde,2010. In situ thermal conductivity measurement of building materials with athermal probe. Journal of Testing andEvaluation, 38 (3); published online, DOI: 10.1520/JTE102636

30.          de Wilde, P. and W. Tian, 2009. Identification of key factors for uncertaintyin the prediction of the thermal performance of an office building underclimate change. Building Simulation: an International Journal, 2 (3), 157-174

31.          Struck,C., P. de Wilde, C. Hopfe, J.Hensen, 2009. Anexploration of the option space in conceptual building design for advanced buildingsimulation. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 23 (4),386-395

32.          Deverell,R., S. Goodhew, R. Griffiths, P. deWilde, 2009. The noise insulation properties of non-food-crop walling forschools and colleges: a case study. Journal of Building Appraisal, 5 (1), 29-40

33.          UlukavakHarputlugil, G., T. Harputlugil, P. deWilde, 2009. Thermal design of Turkish schools:prospects for an improved pre-design process. International Journal of Architectural Engineering and DesignManagement, 5 (3), 153-164

34.          de Wilde, P. and P. Murray, 2009. Theuse of an intranet system to enhance student learning in an Eco-House designproject. CEBE Transactions, 6 (1), 4-17

35.          de Wilde, P., R. Griffiths and S.Goodhew, 2009. Evolution and validation of a thermal probe model. Journal of Building Performance Simulation,2 (2), 85-94

36.          Pilkington, B., R. Griffiths,S. Goodhew, P. de Wilde, 2008.Thermal probe technology for buildings: the transition from laboratory to fieldmeasurements. ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, 14 (4), 111-118

37.          McGilligan,C., S. Goodhew and P. de Wilde, 2008.An assessment of the potential returns of energy certificates for the UK householdsector. Journal of Financial Management of Property andConstruction, 13 (3),187-199

38.          Sawyer, L., P. de Wilde and S. Turpin-Brooks, 2008.Energy performance and occupancy satisfaction: a comparison of two closelyrelated buildings. Facilities, 26(13/14), 542-551

39.          de Wilde, P., R. Griffiths and S.Goodhew, 2008. Validation of data analysis routines for a thermal probe apparatususing numerical data sets. Building Simulation: an InternationalJournal, 1 (1), 36-45

40.          de Wilde, P., Y. Rafiq, M. Beck, 2008. Uncertainties in predicting the impact ofclimate change on thermal performance of domestic buildings in the UK. Building Services Engineering Research &Technology, 29 (1), 7-26

41.          Augenbroe,G., A, Malkawi, P. de Wilde, 2004. A Workbench for Structured Design AnalysisDialogues. Journal of Architectural and PlanningResearch, 21 (4), 321-330

42.          Augenbroe,G., P. de Wilde, H. J. Moon, A.Malkawi, 2004. An interoperability workbench for designanalysis integration. Energy and Buildings, 36 (8),737-748

43.          de Wilde, P., M. van der Voorden, 2004. Providing computational support for the selection of energy savingbuilding components. Energy and Buildings, 36 (8), 749-758

44.          de Wilde, P., G. Augenbroe, M. van der Voorden, 2002. Managing the selection of energy saving features in building design.Engineering, Construction and ArchitecturalManagement, 9 (3), 249-258

45.          de Wilde, P., G. Augenbroe, M. van der Voorden, 2002. Design Analysis Integration: supporting the selection of energysaving building components. Building and Environment, 37 (8/9), 807-817

Total publications: over 160 publications, including the above, as well as conference papers (mostly peer reviewed, for international conferences) and technical reports.