• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



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

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

By combining applied physics and building construction engineering, the (energy) efficiency of buildings and urban areas can be significantly enhanced – immediately and for years to come.

Highlighted phrase

Physics for architecture, planning and building to improve durability, sustainability and health

Organisational profile

Building Physics (BP) is the physics research group of the Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The aim is to acquire new knowledge and to develop and integrate methods, based on physics research and application, that result in a sustainable, healthy, comfortable and productive indoor and outdoor environment. Physical knowledge is vital throughout the lifecycle of building or a built environment, from design right through to planning, construction and maintenance. Especially in the light of fast-changing requirements and development of new materials and processes.

Building Physics research can be divided into two categories:

Urban Physics and Environmental Wind Engineering
Urban Physics is the science and engineering of physical processes in urban areas. It deals with the transfer of heat, air, moisture and pollutants in the outdoor and indoor environment of buildings. The Building Physics group focuses specifically on wind flow and related processes in the atmospheric boundary layer and their interaction with obstacles in this layer, such as buildings, vehicles and trees. Topics such as urban heat island effects, natural ventilation, air pollution, outdoor thermal and wind comfort are also addressed. Fundamental and applied research is based on-site measurements, wind tunnel measurements and numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics. 

Building physics and monuments
Building physics and monuments deals with heating, cooling and ventilation in historic houses and buildings, effects of humidification and dehumidification, monitoring and controls, pollution and soiling and balancing conservation with human comfort and sustainability. The purpose of this work is threefold: getting a better knowledge of building physics and systems in monumental buildings, improving the indoor climate and durability for the buildings and their collections and propagation of this knowledge to students, engineers and architects.

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    Research Output

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    49 Downloads (Pure)

    A framework for preliminary large-scale urban wind energy potential assessment: Roof-mounted wind turbines

    Rezaeiha, A., Montazeri, H. & Blocken, B., 15 Jun 2020, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 214, 16 p., 112770.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • A novel approach to simulate pollutant dispersion in the built environment: Transport-based recurrence CFD

    Du, Y., Blocken, B. & Pirker, S., Mar 2020, In : Building and Environment. 170, 13 p., 106604.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)


    Annual Peer Review Award 2018

    Rahim Rezaeiha (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherScientific


    ANSYS Hall of Fame

    Thijs van Druenen (Recipient), 1 Sep 2019

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


    Award as Top-Cited Author from the ISI Journal Atmospheric Environment for the period 2007-2010.[ranked 4th on total of 2662 published articles in Scopus]

    Bert Blocken (Recipient), 2010

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

  • Activities

    Building and Environment (Journal)

    Bert Blocken (Editor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Building and Environment (Journal)

    Bert J.E. Blocken (Editorial board member)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Scientific Director of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel of Eindhoven University of Technology

    Bert Blocken (Supervisor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherScientific

    Student theses

    A strategy for investigating effects of technical transition scenarios to more sustainable gasless existing districts: a case study

    Author: Kraakman, J., 28 May 2019

    Supervisor: Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 1), Walker, S. (Supervisor 2) & Heijmans, B. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Automated two-way coupled CFD fire and thermomechanical FE analyses of a self-supporting sandwich panel façade system

    Author: de Boer, J., 26 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Maljaars, J. (Supervisor 2) & van Herpen, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master



    Author: van Hoorn, H., 31 Aug 1998

    Supervisor: Dirrix, H. (Supervisor 1), Schutgens, M. (Supervisor 2) & Rutten, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master