Dr James Allan is a Scientist at the Urban Energy Systems laboratory at Empa. His area of research is focused on applying semantic and structured data technologies to solve challenges related to energy system and building performance modelling. Prior to this, he was a Senior Consultant at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK. In this role, he worked on the development of an annual building stock database to assess the energy performance and health risks for every domestic building in England and Wales. James received both his M.Sc. and Dr. Eng. From Brunel University, London and his B.Sc from Nottingham Trent, Nottingham. 


Professional/Academic Experience

2019-Present    Lecturer, Whole Building Simulation, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland

2018-Present    Postdoc/Scientist, UESL Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland

2016-2018        Consultant/Senior Consultant Building Research Establishment, UK

2010-2014        Research Engineer, ChapmanBDSP, London, UK   



Allan, J., Fierz, L., Bollinger, A. and Orehounig, K., 2021. Linked Data Ontology for Urban and National Scale Building Energy Modelling. In: eSim2020.

Malhotra, A., Bischof, J., Allan, J., O’Donnell, J., Schwengler, T., Benner, J. and Schweiger, G., 2020. A review on country specific data availability and acquisition techniques for city quarter information modelling for building energy analysis. In: BauSim2020.

Allan, J., Boegli, M., Bollinger, A., Alet, P. J., & Wiget, M. (2020). Speed optimized simulation models for rapid performance evaluation of heating and energy management systems. In 16th conference of IBPSA (pp. 3668-
3675). Rome: International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).

Allan, J., Georges, G., Heer, P., Budiman, D., & Croce, L. (2019). Characterization of heat pump, PV and battery demonstrator technologies using a coherent energy assessment. In Journal of physics: conference series: Vol. 1343. CISBAT 2019

Allan, J., Dehouche, Z., Stankovice, S. and Harries, A., 2017. Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation and Experimental Study of Key Design Parameters of Solar Thermal Collectors. Journal of Solar Energy
, 139(5), p.051001.

Allan, J., Pinder, H. and Dehouche, Z., 2016. Enhancing the thermal conductivity of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) in a photovoltaic thermal collector. AIP Advances, 6(3), p.035011.

Allan, J., Dehouche, Z., Stankovic, S. and Mauricette, L., 2015. Performance testing of thermal and photovoltaic thermal solar collectors. Energy Science & Engineering, 3(4), pp.310-326.