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1982 …2019
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Personal profile


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

Research profile

Jan Hensen is emeritus Full Professor and was 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 was 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 20 international universities, reviewer and editorial board member of 25 international peer reviewed scientific journals and reviewer of national and international research projects.  

Jan is a 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 40 PhD students and 150 final year MSc students. He has authored or co-authored 14 books or chapter in books, over 120 scientific journal papers, more than 350 academic conference contributions and over 140 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.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1982 2019

Open Access
Optical properties
Liquid crystals
Energy efficiency
3 Citations (Scopus)

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
physical property
Energy efficiency
Heat flux
1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing the performance potential of climate adaptive greenhouse shells

Lee, C., Hoes, P-J., Costola, D. & Hensen, J., 15 May 2019, In : Energy. 175, p. 534-545 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Energy conservation

A strategy for fit-for-purpose occupant behavior modelling in building energy and comfort performance simulation

Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I. I., 27 Jun 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 246 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access

Building performance robustness assessment: Comparative study and demonstration using scenario analysis

Kotireddy, R. R., Loonen, R., Hoes, P-J. & Hensen, J., 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 202, 109362, 20 p., 109362

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Environmental impact


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)

Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Building and Environment (Journal)

Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Journal)

Jan Hensen (Editor-In-Chief)
2007 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

TVVL Magazine (Journal)

Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Energy and Buildings (Journal)

Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


BPS masterproject Design

1/09/15 → …


Masterproject BPS A Research

1/09/15 → …


Module Design

1/09/18 → …


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


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


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


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