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“The best way to predict the future is to (virtually) create it.”

Research profile

Jan Hensen is a Full Professor and Chair of building performance in the Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research and teaching focus on computational modeling and simulation for optimizing design and operation of high-performance buildings in terms of energy use and indoor environmental quality. Jan considers Computational Simulation to be one of the most powerful engineering tools in our world today. Both the power and complexity of building performance modeling and simulation arise from its use of many underlying theories from many different disciplines, including physics, mathematics, human behavioral, environmental and computational sciences, as well as building, mechanical and electrical engineering.

 

Although the technology has advanced tremendously over the past four decades, many theoretical and practical challenges still need to be overcome before the full potential of building performance simulation can be realized. One of the main challenges is how to use this technology more efficient and effective in high performance building design and operation. Jan’s research addresses this by expanding the modeling and simulation scope to allow for multi-scale and multi-physics problems, incorporating optimization under uncertainty approaches and reducing the energy performance gap (prediction vs. real).

Academic background

Jan Hensen obtained his MSc and PhD in Building Science from the TU/e. In addition to his work at TU/e, he is a Full Professor in environmental engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague. He is the scientific director of the Smart Buildings and Cities post-master program and participates in many international research projects. He is on the scientific advisory board of several international energy institutions, external examiner at 15 international universities, reviewer and editorial board member of 18 international peer reviewed scientific journals and reviewer of national and international research projects.  

 

Jan is the former president and Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Fellow of the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations (REHVA) and has received several other national and international scientific and practice awards. He has been or is advisor of about 35 PhD students and more than 100 final year MSc students. He has authored or co-authored 12 books or chapter in books, over 110 scientific journal papers, more than 340 academic conference contributions and over 130 professional magazine articles.

 

External positions

full professor, Czech Technical University

1 Sep 2002 → …

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Projects 2016 2019

PVOpmaat: CustomFit: the integration of solar panels

Hensen, J., Loonen, R., van der Avoird, M., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Bognár, Á.

1/01/1631/07/19

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1982 2019

An inverse modeling approach for the thermal response modeling of green façades

Šuklje, T., Hamdy, M., Arkar, C., Hensen, J. L. M. & Medved, S., 1 Feb 2019, In : Applied Energy. 235, p. 1447-1456 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Thermodynamic properties
modeling
physical property
Energy efficiency
Heat flux
7 Citations

A methodology for performance robustness assessment of low-energy buildings using scenario analysis

Kotireddy, R. R., Hoes, P. & Hensen, J. L. M., 15 Feb 2018, In : Applied Energy. 212, p. 428-442

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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performance assessment
methodology
energy
architectural design
scenario analysis
Open Access
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Facades
Optical properties
Liquid crystals
Energy efficiency
Glass

An unsupervised method for identifying local PV shading based on AC power and regional irradiance data

Bognár, A., Loonen, R. C. G. M., Valckenborg, R. M. E. & Hensen, J. L. M., 10 Oct 2018, In : Solar Energy. 174, p. 1068-1077 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fault detection
Learning systems

Application of large underground seasonal thermal energy storage in district heating system: a model-based energy performance assessment of a pilot system in Chifeng, China

Xu, L., Torrens Galdiz, J. I., Guo, F., Yang, X. & Hensen, J. L. M., Mar 2018, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 137, p. 319-328 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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District heating
Thermal energy
Energy storage
Heating
Boreholes

Prizes

ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2009

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

B.J. Max prijs

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

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

Czech Air-conditioning and Ventilation Award

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2006

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Czech Technical University team award for innovation in research and teaching

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

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

Danish Technical University, Velux Visiting Professor, 3 months, Villum Foundation grant

Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: Othervisiting scholarScientific

Activities 2001 2009

  • 5 Editorial activity

International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies (Journal)

Hensen, J. (Editorial board member)
20092018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Building and Environment (Journal)

Hensen, J. (Editorial board member)
20082018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Journal)

Hensen, J. (Editor-In-Chief)
2007 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

TVVL Magazine (Journal)

Hensen, J. (Editorial board member)
20022009

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Energy and Buildings (Journal)

Hensen, J. (Editorial board member)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Bachelor End project

1/09/1431/08/18

Course

Bachelor End project BPS

1/09/17 → …

Course

BPS masterproject Design

1/09/15 → …

Course

Chemical engineering

1/09/1331/08/18

Course

Student theses

A comparative assessment of ventilative and mechanical cooling for residential zero energy buildings considering the future climate

Author: Plas, J., 30 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2) & Kotireddy, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A comparison between the calibration of low-resolution and detailed FDD simulation tools in the post-design phase

Author: van der Straten, S., 28 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hassan Mohamed, M. (Supervisor 2) & Torrens Galdiz, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A computational model for evaluating a district heating system using a biomass heat source and thermal energy storage

Author: Soons, F., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Nguyen, H. (Supervisor 2), Loomans, M. (Supervisor 2), Bynum, J. (Supervisor 2), Torrens Galdiz, J. (Supervisor 2) & Schrevel, R. D. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Active insulation: computational assessment of the performance of a forced convective dynamic insulation system

Author: Koenders, S., 27 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Hensen, J. L. (Supervisor 1), Loonen, R. (Supervisor 2) & de Klijn, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Adaptive thermal comfort in primary school classrooms: creating and validating PMV based comfort charts

Author: ter Mors, S., 31 Dec 2010

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Loomans, M. (Supervisor 2) & Boerstra, A. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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