• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo

    Eindhoven

    Netherlands

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

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

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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Projects 2018 2021

DYNKA - DYNamisch licht en binnenklimaat voor KAntoren

de Kort, Y., Smolders, K., Kompier, M., de Kort, Y., Zeiler, W., Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Croes, S., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.

1/01/1831/12/21

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1979 2019

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
Ventilation
Logistics
Statistical methods
Energy utilization

Carrying capacity based environmental impact assessment of Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Ritzen, M. J., Houben, J. J. M., Rovers, R., Vroon, Z. A. E. P. & Geurts, C. P. W., 1 Feb 2019, In : Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments. 31, p. 212-220 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Environmental impact assessments
Recycling
Environmental impact
Life cycle
Bamboo

Economic model predictive control for demand flexibility of a residential building

Finck, C., Li, R. & Zeiler, W., 1 Jun 2019, In : Energy. 176, p. 365-379 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Model predictive control
Controllers
Economics
Neural networks
Energy management systems

Prizes

KIC-Innoenergy Master Scholarship

Shalika Walker (Recipient), Sep 2014

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Education

Activities 2014 2019

Technical Day: Activities of IEA TCP on Energy in Buildings and Communities

Shalika S.W. Walker (Participant)
11 Jun 2019

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

SYMPOSIUM: “The Building as the Cornerstone of our Future Energy Infrastructure – The importance of dynamic and real data for reliable assessment”

Shalika S.W. Walker (Participant)
10 Apr 201911 Apr 2019

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

Slimme Wijk

Masi Mohammadi (Speaker), E.S.M. Nelissen (Speaker), Paula Nelissen (Chair)
2 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Press / Media

De Kringloopklus. Interview by De Ingenieur

Elphi Nelissen

11/02/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

Elphi Nelissen

4/07/18

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

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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

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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

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