Professor Steve Goodhew
Professor of Environmental Building and Discipline Leader
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
- Sustainable construction processes
- Building physics
- Thermal imaging
- Natural building materials
- Energy efficiency and buildings
- Renovation of historic buildings
- Traditional building techniques
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Associate Head of School
PhD, MSc, BSc, FRICS, FCIOB, FRSA, FHEA, CEnv, PGCE.
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Environmentalist.
Roles on external bodies
- College Member EPSRC and reviewer for AHRC.
- Member of the editorial board of Structural Survey and Journal of Building Appraisal.
- Reviewer for the following academic journals; ICE proceedings, Measurement Science and Technology, Applied Energy, Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Building Simulation and the Journal of Low Carbon Technologies.
- Invited reviewer for the RICS educational trust 2004-present
- Drafting member of ISO9869 'Thermal insulation-Building Elements, in situ measurement of thermal resistance and transmittance'.
DeViz: Defect Visualisation via Thermography
Investigating whether thermal imaging can promote the early identification of defects in construction projects
Living walls can reduce heat lost from buildings by over 30%, study shows
Researchers from the University believe the findings could be a game-changer in helping the UK achieve its net-zero commitments
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Transforming sustainable buildings
Steve Goodhew is Professor of Environmental Building and Associate Head of School for Architecture, Design and Environment.
Staff serving as external examiners
- External Examiner, Development of a quantitative roofing system maintenance management model for public housing in Hong Kong, City University Hong Kong, Eng D 2015
- External Examiner, An examination of development models for innovative low carbon ecological dwellings, Cardiff School of Art, PhD 2015
- External Examiner, Development of a novel intelligent approach for estimation of electrical power consumption in subway stations , City University Hong Kong, Eng D 2015
- External Examiner, Development of a sustainability assessment framework for office buildings in the gulf region, Huddersfield University, School of Art, Design & Architecture, PhD 2014
- External Examiner, Post occupancy evaluation, Liverpool John Moores University, Research Institute School of the Built Environment, PhD 2013
- External Examiner Building materials from wood waste, School of Engineering & Design,
- Brunel University, PhD 2013
- External Examiner An investigation of agricultural waste materials as thermal insulation for dwellings in Thailand, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, PhD 2011
- External Examiner Rammed earth mixtures, Dept of Civil Eng, University of Bath, PhD 2008
- External Examiner, Concerning the use of phase change materials in storing thermal energy in vernacular b; School of Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield University, PhD 2005
- External Examiner, Concerning sustainable perceptions across china of building Professionals; Department of Building and Construction, City University. Hong Kong, MPhil 2005
- External Examiner John Moores University validation of MSc Sustainability in the Built Environment, 2009.
- External Examiner, School of Science and the Environment, Coventry University, 2006-2009
- External Examiner University of Wales for NEWI, 2004-2007
- External Validation Panel Member Professional Doctorate Programme, Ecological building, University of Wales Institute, 2009.
Monitoring of building performance both single and multiple urban buildings, time dependent in situ thermal conductivity measurements, radon gas and ventilation in buildings, the condition of listed buildings.
Recent book: Goodhew, S., Sustainable Construction, Wiley-Blackwell, publication date, June 2016.
Grants & contracts
As Principle Investigator: DeViz with the University of Oxford, £204k, 2021-2023
As Principle Investigator: CobBauge with ESITC University Caen,, The University of Caen, PNRMCB (National Park in Normandy), Hudson Architects and EBUKI Interreg V, £4.1m Euro, 2017-2023
As green wall co-lead on Low Carbon Devon fun ded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the three-year (2020-2023) £2.6 million programme, will support Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda
As Principal Investigator: Post-doc Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, Researching, evaluating and embedding sustainable technologies, EPSRC/Innovate UK, £146,000 (With Professor Shaofeng-Lui). 2015-2017
As Principal investigator: (following Dr WeiPan now at HKU), EPRSC Case award, optimising process, energy and carbonefficiency in retail construction by capitalising on sustainable technology,£78,000, to July 2015.
As Principal investigator: DECC/Cornwall together, Thermal Imaging and Energy Use in Domestic Buildings, CI Dr Sabine Pahl of the School of Psychology, Project Value £65,000, Until Summer 2013.
As Co investigator: EPSRC Transforming Energy Demand in Buildings through Digital Innovation (BuildTEDDI) Scheme, Project Reference EP/K002465/1 eViz - Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction. Project value: £ 1.498.858,- (grant); total FEC £ 1.873.572,-. Start per September 2012, for 3 years PI Shared project lead Dr Sabine Pahl of the School of Psychology, Plymouth. And Dr Pieter De Wilde School of Architecture, Design and Environment Further project partners: University of Bath, University of Birmingham, Newcastle University.
As Principal investigator: PNR Marais de Cotentin et Bessin research project in monitoring the energy usage of traditional earth buildings in the Norman National Park, France. 40.000, Euro Until Jan 2017.
As Principal investigator: RIBA East Midlands, Low Carbon Award Scoping exercise, £35,000, with East Midlands iNET, and MarchGrochowski Architects, 2009 – 2011.
As Co investigator, PI, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), De Montfort University, £35,000, with East Midlands iNET, 2009 – 2010.
Great Western Research, (GWR), An investigation into the moisture performance of non-food-crop construction materials, £55,000 total with in-kind, £90.000, Until Jan 2010.
National Non-Food Crop Centre, with the Queens University Belfast, Investigation into the Thermal Properties of Hemp Lime Construction Materials, £12,500. Total project £76,000, Until December 2007.
Carbon Trust grant until December 2006 to investigate the in situ thermal properties of building materials; Project No 2003-11-110, £ 97,275.00 cost £124,046.
RICS Education Trust funded Comparison of the effects of listing upon building condition between three Cornish Towns and three Devon Towns 2003
DTI funded investigation into the viability of light earth construction in the UK. Research with Gaia Architects in situ monitoring of the thermal and moisture performance of light earth walling, 2001-2004. Contracts 3792BB4A and 3877BB4A Individual work package £ 8795.20, Total project approx £120,000.
RICS Education Trust funded investigation into the effects of listing upon building condition in three Cornish towns 2001.
S. Goodhew and C. Williams, Steel Construction Institute investigation into the the vibration, Thermal and Acoustic performance of steel 'pod' student accommodation units in conjunction with Unite construction, 2000. £8033.00 +VAT Contract No 6343BB4S
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Other academic activities
New Book: Sustainable Construction Processes by Steve Goodhew
This book explores the concepts and practicalities that lead to sustainable construction. It breaks new ground by providing the reader with the underlying principles of how to build sustainably and then assesses many of the tools required for the task. From energy to materials and from procurement to operation, all aspects play their part in turning a theoretically sustainable building project into a reality. There are many guidelines for the designer on how to maximise the sustainability of buildings but this resource text supplements these by focusing on the construction and operational aspects of sustainable buildings, as well as some of the more fundamental design-related considerations
Prof Goodhew’s research specialises in the monitoring of buildings and the relationship to perceived building performance. Steve focuses his research upon different monitoring techniques including the use of thermography and its use in relation to improving the energy and comfort performance of homes and commercial properties. He also works in the areas of sustainable construction materials, thermal measurements and wider issues in relation to the energy use in buildings. Steve studied at Cranfield University for his Masters and has a doctorate from Plymouth University. Prof Goodhew is a Fellow of the RICS, CIOB and RSA.A recent article concerning modern energy efficient buildings: