UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Giorgos Petrou

Dr Giorgos Petrou

Research Fellow in Building Physics and Urban Modelling (Environmental Change and Health)

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
6th Nov 2017

Research summary

Over the last few years, Giorgos has developed a keen research interest on aspects regarding the monitoring and modelling of the indoor environment, especially relating to indoor overheating and air quality. His modelling experience includes data-driven statistical methods, dynamic thermal simulation models and the integration of the two for the purposes of forward and inverse uncertainty propagation. 

Giorgos' recent work has focused on the following research topics:

  • The application of causal inference techniques in built environment research
  • The use of Bayesian methods in the calibration of housing stock models of indoor temperature
  • Modelling of indoor air quality and indoor overheating 

Giorgos' interests include:

  • Indoor Environment
  • Building Modelling & Calibration
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Programming and machine learning

Teaching summary

Giorgos is the lead lecturer and coordinator for the MSc module "Mathematical Modelling Methods for the Built Environment". The aim of the module is to teach the mathematical basis and the application of some of the main methods used in the analysis and use of mathematical models of the built environment. The three key themes are:

  • uncertainty analysis (parametric and structural) of models, 
  • the optimization (statistic and dynamic) of models, and 
  • the use of models for decision-support in relation to cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness and multi-criteria evaluation.

Over the last few years, Giorgos has contributed to several MSc modules. His teaching activities include:

  • The delivery of lectures on the topics Building Physics and Thermal Comfort, Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis, and Parameteric Analysis using EnergyPlus, jEPlus and Python.
  • The delivery of tutorials on Research Concepts and Advanced Building Simulation.

Giorgos has successfully supervised over 10 MSc students.


Dr Giorgos Petrou is a Research Fellow in Building Physics and Urban Modelling at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE),  Bartlett Faculty of the Built EnvironmentGiorgos is the Principal Investigator of the Pilot study on the application of Causal Inference Methods in Built Environment Research (CIMBER) project, which aims to introduce novel techniques of observational data analysis to the field in order to more thoroughly investigate causal relationships. 

In addition, Giorgos is currently leading or contributing to research carried out in the following projects:

  • The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Environmental Change and Health, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 
  • Governing the Climate Adaptation of Care Settings, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Giorgos holds a PhD in Energy and the Built Environment from UCL. His thesis title is "Development of a Bayesian calibration framework for archetype-based building stock models of summer indoor temperature". Prior to his PhD, he was awarded an MRes in Energy Demand Studies with a distinction from UCL (2017) and a Physics BSc degree from the University of Warwick (2016). For his academic achievements at the University of Warwick, he received the Seymour Prize for Excellence along with the top mark of the graduating class of 2016.