• 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.

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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.

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Photo of Ádám Bognár

Ádám Bognár

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Projects 2016 2019

PVOpmaat: CustomFit: the integration of solar panels

Hensen, J., Loonen, R., van der Avoird, M., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Bognár, Á.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1975 2019

Actimetry for estimating occupant activity levels in buildings: A step toward optimal and energy-efficient indoor conditioning

Mishra, A. K., Loomans, M. G. L. C. & Kosonen, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. 8, 1, p. 67-71 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Thermal comfort

Adaptive façades

Aelenei, D., Aelenei, L., Loonen, R. C. G. M., Perino, M. & Serra, V., 2019, Handbook of Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A Life Cycle Approach. Elsevier, p. 384-411 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Algorithmic design and performance analysis of adaptive facades

Martinho, H., Belém, C., Leitão, A., Loonen, R. & Glória Gomes, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2019. Hongkong: CAADRIA, Vol. 1, p. 684-694

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Architectural design
Energy utilization
Decision making


ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2009

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

B.J. Max prijs

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

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

B.J. Max prijs

Marcel Loomans (Recipient), 2000

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


Activities 1997 2019

Mogelijkheden & innovaties in de zorg

Helianthe S.M. Kort (Invited speaker)
24 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkPopular

The effect of indoor air quality in Dutch higher education classrooms on students’ health and performance

Henk Brink (Speaker)
22 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Grensverleggende technologie

Helianthe S.M. Kort (Keynote speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Press / Media

Staan de Alpen straks vol zonnepanelen?

Roel Loonen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Opeens zie je overal zonnepanelen

Roel Loonen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

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


Assessing the smart readiness of buildings toward carbon neutral society

Author: Rachman, A. P., 26 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2) & Mohammadi, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master