• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



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

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Building Services aims to design future proof buildings with minimal renewable energy usage by seamlessly integrating building services with building design.

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Designing efficiently healthy, comfortable indoor environments with minimal renewable energy usage

Organisational profile

Building Services (BA) is a research group of the Building Physics and Services (BPS) unit at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The main educational and research theme for the group is the seamless integration of the building services with design of building. The focus is on developing design methods and adapting building services technology to ensure buildings can efficiently cater to current and future requirements, which are susceptible to fast changes.

The building sector is responsible for around 40% of total energy consumption in European countries, offering vast scope for savings. People spend about 90% of their lives in buildings and their behavior can significantly influence this energy consumption. The combination of expertise surrounding buildings, with a focus on energy, comfort and health aspects of the indoor and outdoor environment, is unique. Traditional building process control lack real time input from occupant preferences and ‘human-in-the-loop’ strategies can help manage individualized comfort needs in the most efficient way. Research is carried out in the dedicated laboratory as well as in real life situations and predicting human thermal responses and understanding human thermoregulation reactions in different office building environmental conditions are essential.

The group identifies two main research directions:

  • The concept of ‘Individual’ comfort system whereby each occupant has control over local climate. This localized control has to be integrated in overall control at room or building level. Focus point will be on school ventilation, as in 75% of the schools the indoor conditions are far from optimal.
  • Development of a Distributed Building Energy Management System. The multi-level approach adopted by the group provides good cooperation opportunities with smart power grids and local sustainable power sources. Special focus is the energy flexibility of buildings.

Key research topics include:

  • Building Energy Management Systems 
  • Thermal comfort and optimal personalized control
  • Commissioning and Big Data analysis

There is cooperation with Electrical Energy Systems from the Department of Electrical Engineering of TU/e and the Centre for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI) Amsterdam  in the domain of Intelligent Buildings and Smart Grid.

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    Frans J.M. van Gassel

    Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher



    Research Output

    Open Access
  • 27 Downloads (Pure)

    Advances and challenges in assessing urban sustainability: an advanced bibliometric review

    Marvuglia, A., Havinga, L., Heidrich, O., Fonseca, J., Gaitani, N. & Reckien, D., May 2020, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 124, 12 p., 109788.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  • The energy efficient use of an air handling unit for balancing an aquifer thermal energy storage system

    Bozkaya, B. & Zeiler, W., 1 Feb 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 146, p. 1932-1942 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 20 Downloads (Pure)


    B.J. Max Prijs

    Rick P. Kramer (Recipient), 13 Nov 2019

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    B.J. Max prijs, categorie Bewezen expert

    Alet van den Brink (Recipient), 14 Nov 2018

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    KIC-Innoenergy Master Scholarship

    Shalika Walker (Recipient), Sep 2014

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

  • Activities

    we moeten circulair en wel nu

    Elphi Nelissen (Speaker)
    4 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    transitieteam circulaire bouweconomie in uitvoering

    Elphi Nelissen (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    Data Science Summit 2019

    Shalika S.W. Walker (Participant)
    12 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    Press / Media

    Expert panel helps hospitals with air control in relation to Corona

    Wim H. Maassen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    interview on BNR Radio

    Elphi Nelissen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    De Kringloopklus. Interview by De Ingenieur

    Elphi Nelissen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    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


    ATES system HTC: analysing ATES operation as first step towards a Smart Thermal Grid at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven

    Author: Ziel, K., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 1), Boxem, G. (Supervisor 2) & Bozkaya, B. (Supervisor 2)

    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