Derek Clements Croome

Professor Emeritus

Building Design and Contracting Industry

Reading University




Professor Emeritus Derek Clements-Croome at Reading University has worked in the building design and contracting industry before entering university life. In 2017 he was  appointed a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University London. He has founded and directed courses including a BSc in building environmental engineering at Loughborough University in 1970 and an inter­disciplinary Government funded MSc in Intelligent Buildings at Reading University in 1996 covering design, management and operation. He has also worked in architecture and building engineering at the University of Bath (1978-1988) with Sir Ted Happold.

He chairs the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group and was recently commended by the CIB for his work as Coordinator for the W098 Commission on Intelligent and Responsive Buildings.

He now offers strategic advice to clients, designers and facilities managers on attaining and manag­ing healthy and sustainable environments in buildings of all types. He researches, writes and lectures on these issues for companies and wider audiences nationally and internationally in China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and Finland particularly. Some of his books have been published in Chinese and Russian. He edits and founded the Intelligent Buildings International first journal published by Taylor and Francis in 2009.

His research includes an EPSRC 3 year project which showed the effects of CO2 on children’s learning in primary schools. He was one of the authors for the WHO Report on Ventilation and Infection in 2009. Now his work is directed the health, wellbeing and the impact of wearable technology in the workplace. He works closely with the British Council for Offices in applying the research and is currently working with the British Council of Offices  on Health and Wellbeing in buildings ( see Wellness Matters Report 2018) and the use of wearables in the workplace with a team of companies. He contributed to another BCO report on new materials in 2019.

Derek is a Commissioner on air quality and also biodiversity for the Boroughs of  Hammersmith-Fulham and for the Zerofifty Commission for Harin­gey in 2017. He is also Building Environmental Expert for the CABE arm of the Design Council; a Fellow of BRE Academy. In 2016 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He was a member of : the UK Green Building Council team who wrote the Report Health and Wellbeing in Homes ---July 2016 and the World Green Council Report on Health and Wellbeing in Offices 2014.

He has edited and written chapters in the 3rd Edition (95% new) of the book Creating the Productive Workplace which   was published by Routledge in 2018 and his recent book Designing Buildings for People: Sustainable Liveable Architecture being published by Crowood Press 2020. 

Area of Interests

  • Intelligent buildings
  • Design of workplaces
  • Logistic support analysis
  • Individual environmental control
  • Indoor quality and alternative approaches to heating
  • Ventilating and airconditioning of buildings
  • Environmental design for human needs
  • Environmental issues for the construction industry