Simon Pallin

R&D Staff

Dr. Pallin has worked in the building industry since 2005, and spent several years conducting research in Europe. He holds a master’s degree in Structural Engineering, and a PhD in Building Technology from Chalmers University, Sweden. In 2013, he joined the Building Envelope Systems Research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Pallin is an expert on everything that involves the thermal and moisture durability performance of the building envelope. He has conducted research on probabilistic risk assessment applied to building performance and works with both existing and developing new simulation tools to estimate hygrothermal (heat and moisture) performance of building components, such as walls and roofs. Thanks to his profound knowledge in heat, air and moisture transfer in buildings, Dr. Pallin has developed methods and metrics to assess the overall thermal performance of buildings. He is currently the technical lead for the Commercial Building Integration team at ORNL, for which he responsible for the DOE BTO Building Envelope Campaign, which was launched in the summer of 2020. Dr. Pallin is also greatly involved in Residential Building Integration research under the DOE Building America program. Here, he is responsible for the development of the Building Science Advisor (BSA); an online tool to guide the industry to design durable and energy efficient wall assemblies.

  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2007
  • M.Sc. in Structural Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2009
  • LicEng. in Building Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2012
  • PhD in Building Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2013


Scholarship: Ernst M Frimans Scholarship Fund; 2010
Scholarship: Chalmerska Scholarships Fund; 2011
Fellowship: The Sweden America Foundation, Kami Research Foundation; 2012
Honorary Fellow: The American-Scandinavian Foundation; 2012
Scholarship: The Adlerbertska Research Foundation; 2012
Scholarship: Thesis Scholarship from The Swedish Union of Tenants; 2013 
R&D 100 Finalist – The Building Science Advisor; 2019




ORNL Invention Disclosures:
201303199 for “Infrared 3D Imaging of Operational Buildings or Building Elements;” 2013
201403242 for “Reliable and Durable Design of Commercial Flat Roofs;” 2014
201603674 for “Self-rotating Energy Recovery Ventilation Wheel;” 2016
201703997 for “Generation of Indoor Heat and Moisture (GIHM) Software Tool;” 2017
201703981 for “Grout-Free Full Wall Assembly Block;” 2017
201904380 for “RetroFIT - Panelized wall retrofit system;" 2019

Specialized Equipment

Heat, air and moisture (HAM) ChamberBlower door system