Stephen Pretlove is Professor of Sustainable Construction and Deputy Head of School in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, College of Arts. Stephen has a background in building engineering and management, architecture and environmental design and post graduate industrial experience in construction engineering. He gained a first class degree in Building Engineering and Management from Bristol Polytechnic, a Masters degree with distinction in Architecture (Environmental Design & Engineering) from UCL and a PhD in Environmental Studies from UCL. Before moving into academia, he worked as a construction engineer for Balfour Beatty Building Ltd, then Trafalgar House Construction Management Ltd on projects in London, Manchester, Lisbon and Seville. During the last 24 years he has worked in two of the largest Built Environment Faculties in London, at London South Bank University and Kingston University London.
Stephen’s research focuses on the provision of genuinely sustainable low-carbon buildings through the three key stages of procurement: design, construction and occupation. During the last twenty years, he has carried out research across a broad range of areas relating to sustainable buildings:
Resilient environmental design in response to climate change
Hygrothermal modelling in buildings
Health risks associated with environmental conditions, moulds and mites
Impact of heating, ventilation and humidity on Indoor Air Quality
Energy and carbon requirements in buildings
Renewable energy systems
Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of buildings
Conservation of historic buildings
Innovations in material technology
After completing his PhD at UCL, Stephen was involved in a number of multi-disciplinary UK Government and Research Council funded research projects, broadly investigating the impact of the indoor environment on the health and wellbeing of building occupants. This work involved the development and validation of a number of innovative digital models for predicting conditions of temperature and humidity in the indoor environment and in the microenvironments where harmful microorganisms exist. Of particular relevance in this work was the link between indoor environments and respiratory disease and the impact of building design, construction and occupant behaviour on health risks.
More recently, Stephen’s research has focused on the development of sustainable expertise in practice, primarily through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with local architectural, construction and property companies, and Registered Providers of Social Housing, but also through Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA), Innovation Vouchers (IV) and consultancy income generation. This work has had national and international impact and has led to the development of specialist in-house expertise in a number of local architectural, construction, and Social Housing organisations. Funding has also been secured for a number of innovative research projects, including the evaluating the energy and carbon performance of heating systems in historic church buildings and the environmental performance of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) envelope to an architectural drawing and model archive building.
Stephen has published his work widely in refereed journals, at international conferences and in books and has won awards for his research. His work has received international media coverage through the medium of print, radio, television and the internet by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.
Professor of Sustainable Construction
Deputy Head of School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Leader in the development, validation and operation of courses in construction science and management
Leader in the development of research and enterprise activity in construction science and management
Chair Faculty Research Ethics Committee