• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Building Performance aims to optimize energy use and indoor environment during design and operation of new and existing buildings, to arrive at sustainable, healthy, productive and/or comfortable buildings.

Highlighted phrase

Increasing sustainability by optimizing energy use and indoor environmental quality

Organisational profile

Building Performance (BP) is a research group of the Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The group’s aim is to contribute to achieving a sustainable, energy-positive built environment with indoor environmental quality optimized for health, comfort and/or productivity.
This requires a multi-scale / multi-physics and trans-disciplinary approach that addresses technological solutions for energy generation, storage, distribution and demand reduction, and integrates and optimizes these in design, construction and operation of new and existing buildings. A performance-based perspective is at the center of these activities, providing opportunities for informed decision-making in the development of designs, products and services that foster the sustainability transition.

Research and teaching is focused on:

  • Computational building performance simulation as an enabling technology in this context
  • Optimization of indoor environmental quality for health, comfort and/or productivity.

Although the building industry is one of the most important industrial and economic sectors, influencing the quality of life and the environment, planners and property developers pay relatively little attention during the design phase to the life-cycle cost of owning and operating buildings.
For building design, construction, operation, maintenance and management activities, there is an urgent need for the integration of ‘generally applicable’ and ‘generally accepted’ methods and tools, for various applications, each having various levels of complexity and/or various types of end-users.

Increasingly, computer-based models (programs) are employed to aid in the design, operation, or management decision-making process. Development, evaluation, ways of dealing with uncertainties and practical use of the models and programs is therefore increasingly important. Building performance is closely involved in the TU/e Strategic Area Energy and in the TU/e Smart Cities Center program.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Building Performance is active. These topic labels come from the works of this organisation's members. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


    Photo of Ádám Bognár

    Ádám Bognár

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

    Photo of P.E. (Ella) Braat - Eggen
    Photo of Henk Brink

    Henk Brink

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)



    Research Output

    A practical approach to representation of real-time building control applications in simulation

    Yahiaoui, A., 1 Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Automation and Computing. 17, 3, p. 464-478 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • A stepwise approach for assessing the appropriate occupant behaviour modelling in building performance simulation

    Gaetani, I. I., Hoes, P-J. & Hensen, J. L. M., 3 May 2020, In : Journal of Building Performance Simulation. 13, 3, p. 362-377 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    A structural approach for the redesign of a small-scale care facility as a guideline for decision-makers

    Huisman, E., Appel-Meulenbroek, R. & Kort, H., 2 Jan 2020, In : Intelligent Buildings International. 12, 1, p. 32-43

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    B.J. Max prijs

    Marcel Loomans (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


    B.J. Max prijs

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    Signify: circular Building Economy; work in progress

    Elphi Nelissen (Speaker)
    5 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    we moeten circulairder en wel nu

    Elphi Nelissen (Speaker)
    4 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    Circulair ontwerpen in de bouw

    Elphi Nelissen (Speaker)
    3 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

    Press / Media

    Smart Glazing in Intelligent Buildings: What Can We Simulate?

    Jan L.M. Hensen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The meridian: podcast: Groeten uit e-topia

    Elphi Nelissen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    Achieving thermal comfort in naturally ventilated offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Author: van de Voort, T., 25 Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Hoes, P. (Supervisor 1), Leite, B. (External person) (External coach) & Hensen, J. L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Active insulation: computational assessment of the performance of a forced convective dynamic insulation system

    Author: Koenders, S., 27 Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Hensen, J. L. (Supervisor 1), Loonen, R. (Supervisor 2) & de Klijn, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analyzing the performance gap by identifying its causal factors and quantifying their individual impacts for energy performance contracts

    Author: van Heijst, A., 30 Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2), Loomans, M. (Supervisor 2) & Hoogervorst, C. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master