Dr Stephen Pretlove

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Associate Professor


Stephen has an education in construction engineering, architecture and environmental studies. His academic interests include sustainable and environmental architectural design, with a particular emphasis on energy and carbon emissions, and the health impacts of indoor environments. Stephen is the Director of ArchiLab, the Faculty's Architectural Science and Technology Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for assessing the environmental and sustainable issues associated with building design in the three broad areas of lighting, acoustics and comfort. ArchiLab is active in research, teaching and consultancy.

For the last five years Stephen's research has focused on the development of sustainable expertise in practice, through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with local architectural, construction and property companies. A completed two-year KTP project with Clive Chapman Architects led to the development of an in-house sustainability consultancy and was judged as outstanding by the funding agency (TSB). A more substantial current KTP project, with mspace Ltd, is currently in operation, involving two Associates and two Academic Supervisors from within the Faculty. This project is made unique by the fact that the design, construction and occupation of domestic and commercial buildings are all carried out within the same organisation, allowing the project to examine the processes involved in these stages and the impact that we can have on sustainable design, construction and use of domestic and non-domestic buildings.

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 also received international media coverage through the medium of print, radio, television and the internet by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

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Research expertise

Environmental and sustainable building design, Code for Sustainable Homes, BREEAM, LEED, Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), Soft Landings, energy, carbon emissions, renewable energy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, building simulation, IES, Ecotect, SAP, SBEM, natural and artificial lighting, solar design, heating and ventilation of buildings, comfort, sound insulation, reverberation, bio-mimicry, bioclimatic design.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

I teach environmental and sustainable design, at all levels, undergraduate and postgraduate, to architectural students. We teach first year students about fundamental issues, second year students about the application of principles and third year students integration of these into final schemes.

Professional activity

  • 2012 - presentStephen acts for the TSB as an assessor for funding applications.

Educational and professional qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Building Engineering and Management
  • MSc Architecture (Environmental Design & Engineering)
  • PhD Environmental Studies
  • Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA)
  • Domestic Energy Assessor
  • Theoretical training completed: commercial energy assessor, code for sustainable homes assessor, BREEAM offices assessor


Stephen is actively involved in Knowledge Transfer Partnership activity with external organisations and actively pursues research funding opportunities within his area of interest. The key funding agency for his work is the Government's Technology Strategy Board (TSB). In addition to funding proposals for KTP projects, Stephen has recently applied to the TSB for funding under the Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) competition for design, construction and post occupancy assessments of domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Grants, funding and awards

  • 2016Awarded £118,000 from innovate uk to work with Clive Chapman architects to develop an integrated system for the relationships between the design, construction and operation of sustainable, life-long low carbon buildings.

Research groups & programmes

Research supervision


Number of items: 30.


Pretlove, Stephen and Kade, Sidonie (2016) Post occupancy evaluation of social housing designed and built to Code for Sustainable Homes Levels 3, 4 and 5. Energy and Buildings, 110, pp. 120-134. ISSN (print) 0378-7788

Ucci, Marcella, Biddulph, Philip, Oreszczyn, Tadj, Crowther, David, Wilkinson, Toby, Pretlove, Stephen E. C., Hart, Barbara and Ridley, Ian (2011) Application of a transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in beds: assessment of control strategies in UK buildings. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 4(3), pp. 285-300. ISSN (print) 1940-1493

Kade, Sisonie and Pretlove, Stephen (2010) Tackling climate change: the energy performance of new residential buildings in England. Journal of Construction, 3(2), pp. 4-8. ISSN (print) 1994-7402

Ucci, M., Pretlove, S.E.C., Biddulph, P., Oreszczyn, T., Wilkinson, T., Crowther, D., Scadding, G., Hart, B. and Mumovic, D. (2007) The psychrometric control of house dust mites: a pilot study. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 28(4), pp. 347-356. ISSN (print) 0143-6244

Hart, B. J., Crowther, D., Wilkinson, T., Biddulph, P., Ucci, M., Pretlove, S., Ridley, I. and Oreszczyn, T. (2007) Reproduction and development of laboratory and wild house dust mites (Acari: pyroglyphidae) and their relation to the natural dust ecosystem. Journal of Medical Entomology, 44(4), pp. 568-574. ISSN (print) 0022-2585

Biddulph, Phillip, Crowther, David, Leung, Brian, Wilkinson, Toby, Hart, Barbara, Oreszczyn, Tadj, Pretlove, Stephen, Ridley, Iab and Ucci, Mcarcella (2007) Predicting the population dynamics of the house dust mite 'Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus' (Acari: pyroglyphidae) in response to a constant hygrothermal environment using a model of the mite life cycle. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 41(1-2), pp. 61-86. ISSN (print) 0168-8162

Crowther, David, Wilkinson, Toby, Biddulph, Phillip, Oreszczyn, Tadj, Pretlove, Stephen and Ridley, Ian (2006) A simple model for predicting the effect of hygrothermal conditions on populations of house dust mite 'Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus' (Acari: Pyroglyphidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology, 39(2), pp. 127-148. ISSN (print) 0168-8162

Pretlove, S.E.C., Oreszczyn, T., Ridley, I., Wilkinson, T. and Crowther, D. (2005) A steady-state model for predicting hygrothermal conditions in beds in relation to house dust mite requirements. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 26(4), pp. 301-314. ISSN (print) 0143-6244

Davies, M., Ucci, M., McCarthy, M., Oreszczyn, T., Ridley, I., Mumovic, D., Singh, J. and Pretlove, S. (2004) A review of evidence linking ventillation rates in dwellings and respiratory health - a focus on house dust mites and mould. International Journal of Ventillation, 3(2), pp. 155-168. ISSN (print) 1473-3315

Pretlove, S. E. C., Critchley, R., Howard, R. and Oreszczyn, T. (2002) The Nottingham energy, health and housing study: reducing relative humidity, dust mites and asthma. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 23(1), pp. 43-55. ISSN (print) 0143-6244

Oreszczyn, T. and Pretlove, S E C (1999) Condensation Targeter II: modelling surface relative humidity to predict mould growth in dwellings. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 20(3), pp. 143-153. ISSN (print) 0143-6244

Pretlove, S E C and Oreszczyn, T. (1998) Climate change: impact on the environmental design of buildings. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 19(1), pp. 55-58. ISSN (print) 0143-6244

Book Section

Pretlove, Stephen and Osborne, Patrick R. (2015) A comparison of computational simulation and physical measurement of solar radiation and photovoltaic outputs for residential dwellings. In: Sayigh, Ali, (ed.) Renewable energy in the service of mankind : selected topics from the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC 2014. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer. pp. 733-750. ISBN 9783319177762

Ucci, Marcella, Crowther, David, Pretlove, Steve, Biddulph, Phillip, Oreszczyn, Tadj, Wilkinson, Toby, Scadding, Glenis, Hart, Barbara and Mumovic, Dejan (2009) Case study: indoor air quality and health. In: Mumovic, Dean and Santamouris, Mat, (eds.) A handbook of sustainable building design and engineering. London, U.K. : Earthscan. pp. 313-323. ISBN 9781844075966

Oreszczyn, Tadj and Pretlove, Stephen (2000) Mould index. In: Rudge, Janet and Nicol, Fergus, (eds.) Cutting the cost of cold. Abingdon, U.K. : Spon Press. pp. 122-133. ISBN 0419250506

Conference or Workshop Item

Clarke, J.L. and Pretlove, S. (2011) To what extent do sustainable buildings encourage sustainable behaviour? In: SB11 Helsinki World Sustainable Building Conference; 18 - 21 Oct 2011, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)

Clarke, John and Pretlove, Stephen (2010) To what extent do sustainable buildings encourage sustainable behaviour? In: Energy in the City; 23 - 24 Jun 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ritson, James and Pretlove, Stephen (2010) The need for multi-level thinking in meeting the 2050 target reduction in CO2 emissions in domestic dwellings. In: CEREB: Energy in the City : The Solar Energy Society Conference C92; 23 - 24 Jun 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kade, S. and Pretlove, S. (2010) Tackling climate change: the practicality of implementing energy and carbon requirements in the new residential sector in England. In: CIB2010 World Congress; 10 - 13 May 2010, Salford, U.K..

Pretlove, Stephen [Speaker] (2009) ArchiLab: assessing lighting, acoustics and comfort in building design. In: Integration of design & science: light, materials, colour and environment; 24th June 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ucci, M., Biddulph, P., Ridley, I., Pretlove, S., Wilkinson, T., Oreszczyn, T., Crowther, D. and Hart, B. (2006) The environmental control of house dust mites: a combined hygrothermal population model. In: Healthy Buildings 2006; 04 - 08 Jun 2006, Lisbon, Portugal.

Pretlove, Stephen (2005) Don't make your bed in the morning! In: Dry powder inhalers annual conference; 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2005, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ucci, M, Ridley, I, Pretlove, S, Mumovic, D, Davies, M, Oreszczyn, O, McCarthy, M and Singh, J (2004) Ventilation rates and moisture-related allergens in UK dwellings. In: 2nd WHO International Housing & Health Symposium; 29 Sep - 01 Oct 2004, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Wilkinson, T., Horwood, J., Cox, P., Crowther, D., Ridley, I., Pretlove, S. and Oreszczyn, T. (2002) Factors affecting the carrying capacity (K) of a mattress for the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari: pyroglyphidae). In: XI International Congress of Acarology; 08 - 13 Sep 2002, Merida, Yukatan, Mexico.

Crowther, D., Oreszczyn, T., Pretlove, S., Ridley, I., Horwood, J., Cox, P. and Leung, B. (2001) Controlling house dust mites through ventilation: the development of a model of mite response to varying hygrothermal conditions. In: Indoor Air Biocontaminants: Health Effects, Prevention; 15 - 16 Jun 2001, Dijon, France. (Unpublished)

Crowther, D, Oreszczyn, T, Baker, N and Pretlove, S (1999) A hygrothermal model for predicting house dust mite response to environmental conditions in dwellings. In: 20th Annual AIVC Conference: Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Buildings; 09 - 13 Aug 1999, Edinburgh, U.K..

Pretlove, Stephen and Oreszczyn, Tadj (1997) Effects of climate change on environmental design. In: Climatic data for building services and simulation; 07 - 08 Apr 1997, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Ridley, I, Pretlove, S, Ucci, M, Mumovic, D, Davies, M, Oreszczyn, T, McCarthy, M and Singh, J (2006) Asthma / dust mite study - Final report: sensitivity of humidity and mould growth to occupier behaviour in dwellings designed to the new air tightness requirements. (Technical Report) London, U.K. : Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 113 p.


Pretlove, Stephen Edward Charles (2000) Predicting relative humidity in UK dwellings. (PhD thesis), University of London.

Pretlove, Stephen E C (1996) Climate change and its effect on the environmental design and assessment of buildings: an in-depth investigation of temperature and solar radiation in the Thames Valley region of the UK. (Other thesis), University College London.

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