• 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.

Highlighted phrase

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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Office buildings Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science
Ventilation Engineering & Materials Science
Heating Engineering & Materials Science
Energy utilization Engineering & Materials Science
Process control Engineering & Materials Science
Air quality Engineering & Materials Science
Energy storage Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 1979 2020

11 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Energy Levels
Electron energy levels
Learning algorithms
Learning systems
Learning Algorithm
16 Downloads (Pure)

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
Thermal energy
Energy storage
3 Citations (Scopus)
3 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


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 2014 2020

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

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

Op naar de top; leren circulair bouwen. Bijdrage NVBV Vakblad Bouwfysica.

Elphi Nelissen


1 Media contribution

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


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