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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Dr Stephen Todd

Senior Lecturer in Building Pathology and Sustainability; Programme Leader for Geography and Environment Programmes


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Building Pathology and Sustainability at the University of Salford. I am a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. I have a background in practice before entering academia. I have worked on innovative EU funded low energy housing research. I have also undertaken Stock Condition surveys for Local authorities and acts as an Energy Trainer and Assessor, Code for Sustainable Homes / Home Quality Mark Assessor and Building Research Establishment (BRE) Associate.

I am part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council. I also had a major input to the DETR Rebuilding Grant Project and was a member of the Welsh Pilot Scheme for Home Information Packs and Energy performance Certification.

For the past 30 years, I have undertaken consultancy work in the building defects and energy conservation areas and in this respect I have also appeared as an expert witness.  I have also called to sit on a national technical group to advise on future Building Regulations with respect to Conservation of Fuel and Power, the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years, I was the Internet Editor for The Journal of Structural Survey.


My background has been working as a professional Building Surveyor on a wide range of new and renovation projects. I use examples of this work to contribute to my teaching and link this to research work from the BRE and my own projects. I contribute to teaching the built environment and sustainability areas on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I believe it is important to link practice and research to lectures. Current teaching includes inputs to:

Level 4: Academic Skills and Tutorial

Level 4: Applied Skills and Fieldcourse

Level 5: Research Methods

Level 5: Consultancy Project

Level 6: Housing and Sustainability

Level 6 and 7: Dissertations / Research Projects

Level 7: Energy Resources and Sustainability

Level 7: Research and Professional Practice

Research Interests

My interests are in the Building Pathology and Energy Conservation areas. I am currently involved with research around the University of Salford’s Energy House and have undertaken modeling work around a variety of retrofit strategies. Monitoring data has been collected to provide evidence with regards to the performance of buildings in terms of their fabric and systems performance.

Together with Prof Will Swan I also worked on two KTP projects: Fusion21 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Technical project, undertaken with procurement organisation Fusion21), which was concerned with the development of a sustainable retrofit options appraisal tool, which addressed the technical options, delivery risk and financial arrangements for large-scale retrofit projects and Fusion21 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (People and Communities)

This project was concerned with the development of a resident engagement toolkit to identify and manage resident related risk through the whole life of a large-scale retrofit project. This included issues such as identifying in-use risks of specific technologies, to the application and evaluation of a wide variety of interventions to deliver a resident-centred retrofit delivery process. (Technology Strategy Board £232,315).

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc UMIST, 1976, Building Technology

MSc University of Leeds, 1979, Construction Engineering

PhD University of Salford, 1990

FRICS, Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist

MCIOB, Member of The Chartered Institute of Building

MCABE, C Build E Corporate Member of The Association of Building Engineers

MFPWS, Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

MInstNDT, Member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

In August 2005 I was awarded a Professorship by The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research & Cybernetics University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Canada


Fitton, R & Swan, W & Benjaber, M & Todd, S & Tara, H 2016, 'Assessing the performance of domestic heating controls in a whole house test facility', Building Serv. Eng. Res. Tecnol, p.1-16.

Gibson, M & Todd, S, ‘Retrofit Study of Tower Blocks under ECO’, Acta Systemica Volume XV No. 1, 2015. International Journal of The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics

Todd, S 2013 'Thermal Retrofit and Building Regulations for Dwellings in the UK', in: Brown, P & Swan, W (eds.), Retrofitting the Built Environment, 1st edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp.67-80.

Transforming Homes from G to A, Low Carbon Housing Retrofit, Greater Manchester.  This report considered the housing stock in Greater Manchester and considered some of the technical and supply chain issues that would need to be considered to ensure that the strategy of an energy efficient housing stock could be delivered.

‘Internet Review’ Journal of Structural Survey Vol. 30 No. 4, 387 - 392 2012. ISSN 0263-080X.

Development of the Code for Sustainable Homes in the UK, Acta Systemica Volume VIII No. 1, 2008. International Journal of The Institute for Advanced Studies in System Research and Cybernetics. ISSN 1818-4769.

Steele, A, Todd, S Liverpool Stock Condition Survey.  Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford, 2008.