Professor Brentrup is a tenured member of the architectural and graduate faculty at UNC Charlotte. He is a registered architect and director of the Center for Integrated Building Design Research and Daylighting + Building Energy Performance Laboratory in the School of Architecture. He is a senior research fellow in the Infrastructure Design Environment and Sustainability Center - Lee College of Engineering, UNC Charlotte.
Professor Brentrup received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Arizona State University (1973), a post professional Masters in Architecture with specialization in energy efficient design and simulation from the University of California, Los Angeles (1982), and was a post-graduate research associate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has extensive professional, teaching and research experience in daylighting, integrated building systems, energy performance/ simulation and sustainable design methods. His research into occupant thermal and visual comfort is at the forefront of the development of integrated daylight harvesting, envelope systems/controls and expert simulation systems. This work is enabling a movement toward regional market transformation in energy efficiency, carbon neutral sustainable building design practice and appropriate technology through the application of common methods, metrics and verification instrumentation.
Professor Brentrup is currently the SoA liaison to the AIA Charlotte and is an active member of the AIAC-Committee on the Environment. He is a member of the American Solar Energy Society and the Society of Building Science Educators. He also serves on the Daylighting and Daylighting Metrics committees of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. His expertise in evidenced based design is influencing local and regional practice by providing: professional training, technical information transfer, laboratory simulation, and post occupancy assessment and evaluation. The body of this work continues to be directed toward identifying the key factors that influence demand side practice, determine current sustainable policy and govern energy utilization through environmental practices in public and commercial sector building.