• 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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Computational fluid dynamics Engineering & Materials Science
Ventilation Engineering & Materials Science
Wind tunnels Engineering & Materials Science
computational fluid dynamics Earth & Environmental Sciences
Facades Engineering & Materials Science
Computer simulation Engineering & Materials Science
Aerodynamics Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1975 2020

Open Access
13 Downloads (Pure)

Active flow control for power enhancement of vertical axis wind turbines: leading-edge slot suction

Rezaeiha, A., Montazeri, H. & Blocken, B., 15 Dec 2019, In : Energy. 189, 22 p., 116131.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Flow control
Wind turbines
Vortex flow
Aerodynamic loads
1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

A data mining-based method for revealing occupant behavior patterns in using mechanical ventilation systems of Dutch dwellings

Ren, X., Zhang, C., Zhao, Y., Boxem, G., Zeiler, W. & Li, T., 15 Jun 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 193, p. 99-110 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Data mining
Statistical methods
Energy utilization


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

boundary layer

Activities 1980 2021

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

9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (Event)

Bert Blocken (Member)
20 Jul 202023 Jul 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Wind and Fluid Engineering Research Center, Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan (External organisation)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Advisor)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Press / Media

Artikel in Binnenstadskrant: "Bij de Dom waait het als er geen wind is"

Bert Blocken


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Artikel op Sporza.be: "Van Aert test aangepast tijdritstuur in de windtunnel"

Bert Blocken


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

NewScientist.nl: "Omgekeerde V hield marathonheld uit de wind"

Bert Blocken


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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