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Dr Stephen Pretlove

Reader in architectural science and technology, Kingston University.

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Overview

Dr Pretlove has a background 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. His research work concentrates on understanding the dynamics between the indoor environment and moisture performance of a building, and the impact that these environments have on the risk of micro-organisms, such as mites and moulds developing.

He has published his work widely in refereed journals, at international conferences and in books. Stephen has won awards for his research including being awarded the 2004 Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Carter Bronze Medal for his paper entitled "The Nottingham energy, health and housing study: reducing relative humidity, dust mites and asthma". He was also awarded the Kingston University Promising Researcher Fellowship in 2006, resulting in a six month sabbatical working in collaboration with researchers at the Bartlett Graduate School, part of University College London.

His work has also received international media coverage (print, broadcast and on-line) by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

Dr Pretlove is also the Director of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture's teaching, research and consultancy facility, the Architectural Science and Technology Laboratory (ArchiLab). ArchiLab is a state-of-the-art facility for assessing the environmental and sustainable issues associated with landscape and building design in the three broad areas of lighting, acoustics and comfort.

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
2000 PhD, Environmental Design, University College London.
1996 MSc Architecture, University College, London.
1990 BSc in Building Engineering and Management, Bristol Polytechnic.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2007 Reader in Architectural Science and Technology, Kingston University.
2004 - 2007 Senior lecturer in Architectural Science and Technology, Kingston University.
1996 - 2004 Senior lecturer in Building Science, London South Bank University.
1993 - 1996 Lecturer in Building Science, South Bank University.
1990 - 1993 Construction Engineer, Trafalgar House Construction Management Ltd.
1988 - 89 Construction Engineer, Balfour Beatty Building Limited.

Research

Publications

 

2012 S. Pretlove, P. Osborne, A comparison of computational simulation and physical measurement of tree shading for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations, paper in progress for publication September 2012.

2012 S. Pretlove, P. Osborne, Domestic summertime overheating: a comparison between predictions and physical measurements in a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) level 5 dwelling, paper in progress for publication March 2013.

2010 M. Ucci, P. Biddulph, T. Oreszczyn, D. Crowther, T. Wilkinson, S. Pretlove, B. Hart, I. Ridley, Application of a combined transient hygrothermal population model for house dust mites in a mattress, Journal of Building Performance Simulation 2011, 1-16, iFirst article, 12 October 2010, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1940-1493 print/ 1940-1507 online.

2010 S. Kade & S. Pretlove, Tackling Climate Change: the energy performance of new residential buildings in England, Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) Journal of Construction, Vol 3 No 2, pp4-8, ISSN 1994-7402, May 2010.

2008 M. Ucci, D. Crowther, S.E.C. Pretlove, P. Biddulph, T. Oreszczyn, T. Wilkinson, G. Scadding, B. Hart, D. Mumovic Case Study: Indoor Air Quality and Health, Chapter in A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design & Engineering, Edited by D. Mumovic and M Santamouris, ISBN 978-1844075966, December 2008, Earthscan, London.

2007 M. Ucci, S. Pretlove, P. Biddulph, T. Oreszczyn, T. Wilkinson, D. Crowther, G. Scadding, B. Hart and D. Mumovic, The psychrometric control of house dust mites: a pilot study, Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT), 28 (4) pp 347-356, ISSN 01436244, September 2007.

2007 B. J. Hart, T. Wilkinson, D. Crowther, P. Biddulph, M. Ucci, S. Pretlove, I. Ridley, T. Oreszczyn, 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, 568 - 74, March 2007.

2007 P. Biddulph, D. Crowther, B. Leung, T. Wilkinson, B. Hart, T. Oreszczyn, S. Pretlove, I. Ridley and M. Ucci, 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 (2007) 41:61-86. Accepted 23rd January 2007 / published online 3rd March 2007.

2006 D. Crowther, T. Wilkinson, P. Biddulph, T. Oreszczyn, S. E. C. Pretlove, I. Ridely, A simple model for predicting the effect of hygrothermal conditions on populations of house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari: Pyroglyphidae), Experimental & Applied Acarology, 39: 127-148 (2006).

2005 S. E. C. Pretlove, T. Oreszyzn, I. Ridley, T. Wilkinson, D. Crowther, A steady state model for predicting hygrothermal conditions in beds in relation to house dust mite requirements, Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT), Vol 26, No 4, 2005, 301-314 (CIBSE).

2004 M.Davies, M. Ucci, M. McCarthy, T. Oreszczyn, I. Ridley, D. Mumovic, J. Singh, S. E. C. Pretlove, A review of the evidence linking ventilation rates in dwellings and respiratory health - a focus on House Dust Mites and Mould, International Journal of Ventilation, Volume 3, Number 2, September 2004.

2002 S.E.C. Pretlove, R. Critchley, R. Howard and T. Oreszczyn, The Nottingham energy, health and housing study: Reducing relative humidity, dust mites and asthma, Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT) Vol 23, No 1, 2002 (CIBSE).

1999 T. Oreszczyn and S.E.C Pretlove, Mould Index, Chapter in Cutting the cost of cold - Affordable Warmth for healthier homes, Spons, 1999.

1999 T. Oreszczyn & S.E.C. Pretlove, Condensation Targeter II: Modelling surface relative humidity to predict mould growth in dwellings, Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT), Vol 20, No 3, 1999 (CIBSE).

1998 S.E.C. Pretlove & T. Oreszczyn, Climate change: impact on the environmental design of buildings, Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT), Vol 19, No 1, 1998 (CIBSE).

 

Media Highlights

Dt Pretlove has been interviewed by national and local media (print and broadcast), and is able to speak succinctly and simply, explaining his research in an accessible way to a lay audience.

Conference Highlights

Dr Pretlove is a seasoned conference key-note speaker and has presented at conferences around the world.

Academic Accolades

Awarded the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Carter Bronze Medal for the paper entitled The Nottingham energy, health and housing study: reducing relative humidity, dust mites and asthma, published in Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT) Vol 23, No 1, 2002, presented at the President's Awards Dinner at the Vintner's Company on 15th October 2004.

Awarded the Kingston University Promising Researcher Fellowship resulting in funding to support a six month sabbatical, working in collaboration with researchers at the Bartlett Graduate School, part of University College London, February 2006 to July 2006.

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