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Dr Alba Fuertes

Areas of interest

Climate change and the urge for a more sustainable built environment has led the construction industry to re-think how we build new buildings and accelerate the retrofit of the existing building stock. Improving buildings’ energy efficiency will contribute to a reduction in energy consumption and has the potential to increase occupants’ health, wellbeing and productivity by creating more comfortable indoor environments. However, these benefits can only be fully achieved by ensuring that construction projects deliver the required levels of quality and construction defects are avoided.

My research generally focuses on construction project management and building performance issues, with a particular interest on the relationship of quality management with building energy efficiency and the indoor environment.

My areas of interest include: building performance gap; quality management in construction; industrialising energy efficient building retrofits; building quality and indoor environment.


Research centres and groups

University of Reading Organisation, People and Technology Research Group

Research projects

  • Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon (Co-I). European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 2019 – 2023
  • Energy Game for Awareness of energy efficiency in social housing communities (EnerGAware) (PI at UoP). European Commission Horizon2020, 2015 – 2018. 
  • Sustainable Energy Management for Underground Stations (SEAM4US) (Co-I). European Commission (FP7), 2011 - 2012
  • Embedded Intelligent Controls for buildings with Renewable generation and Storage (ENCOURAGE) (Co-I). European Commission (JTI-CP-ARTEMIS), 2011 - 2012
  • Development of an Homogenous Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) model for the evaluation of the energy consumption and emissions of buildings (Co-I). Ministry for Infrastructure and Buildings, Spanish Government, 2007 - 2010
  • The multidimensional city. Active knowledge management: training and learning (Co-I). Ministry for Science and Education, Spanish Government, 2007 - 2009
  • Metadata for Architectural Contents in Europe (MACE), (Co-I). European Commission (eContentPlus), 2006 - 2009
  • Development and implementation of a Web Based Project Management System for the integrated health and safety and environmental management of the construction processes of the SMEs in the construction sector (Co-I). Ministry for Infrastructure and Buildings, Spanish Government, 2005 - 2008


  • Associate Professor in Construction Engineering and Management, Programme leader/Built Environment discipline leader, University of Plymouth (2012 – 2022)
  • Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain (2007 – 2012)
  • Research Fellow in Construction Management, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain (2006 – 2007)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, 2012
  • MSc Construction Project Management, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, 2007
  • MEng Industrial Engineering (Construction specialisation), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, 2006

Professional bodies/affiliations

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)