• 5260 Citations
1982 …2020

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“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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    Heuristic battery-protective strategy for energy management of an interactive renewables–buildings–vehicles energy sharing network with high energy flexibility

    Zhou, Y., Cao, S., Hensen, J. L. M. & Hasan, A., 15 Jun 2020, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 214, 23 p., 112891.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Simulation-based assessment of data center waste heat utilization using aquifer thermal energy storage of a university campus

    Dvorak, V., Zavrel, V., Torrens Galdiz, J. I. & Hensen, J. L. M., 1 Apr 2020, In : Building Simulation. 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The solar noise barrier project 4: modeling of full-scale luminescent solar concentrator noise barrier panels

    Bognár, Á., Kusnadi, S., Slooff, L. H., Tzikas, C., Loonen, R. C. G. M., de Jong, M. M., Hensen, J. L. M. & Debije, M. G., May 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 151, p. 1141-1149 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Analysis of convective heat transfer coefficient correlations for ventilative cooling based on reduced-scale measurements

    Kosutova, K., Vanderwel, C., van Hooff, T., Blocken, B. & Hensen, J. L. M., 15 Oct 2019, Proceedings of 40th AIVC conference. Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC ), 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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  • Prizes

    ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2009

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

    B.J. Max prijs

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

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

    Czech Air-conditioning and Ventilation Award

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Czech Technical University team award for innovation in research and teaching

    Jan Hensen (Recipient), 2002

    Prize: 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

    Prize: Othervisiting scholarScientific

    Activities

    • 5 Editorial activity

    International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies (Journal)

    Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)
    20092018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Building and Environment (Journal)

    Jan Hensen (Editorial board member)
    20082018

    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)
    20022009

    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

    Student theses

    Achieving thermal comfort in naturally ventilated offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Author: van de Voort, T., 25 Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Hoes, P. (Supervisor 1), Leite, B. (External person) (External coach) & Hensen, J. L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    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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