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“Designing efficiently healthy, comfortable indoor environments with maximum use of renewable energy makes it necessary to start from human needs and work up to the neighborhood level.”

Research profile

Wim Zeiler is a Full Professor and Chair of Building Services at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include renewable energy in the built environment, integral design, building services and building technology. His current research focuses on integral design of efficient sustainable solution to provide and comfortable and healthy indoor environment.  His research on design methods takes a morphological approach to structure the design process whilst also using morphological charts and morphological overviews to analyse the conceptual building design process. Traditionally, energy supply in electricity and gas networks is organized top-down and has to cope with decentralized renewable energy production. Energy consumption can be predicted reasonably well at macro level, and large power plants pre-schedule their power generation based on this.

However, an increasing share of decentralized energy generation at micro level introduces growing complexities and uncertainties that have to be factored in operations. Using the flexibility within energy generation, distribution infrastructure, renewable energy sources and the built environment is the ultimate sustainable strategy. New process control strategies are needed for improving the energy interaction within the building, its environment and the energy infrastructure by effectively incorporating the occupant’s behavior: A bottom-up approach for system integration of energy infrastructures is required to support energy flexibility. Another research line is on school ventilation. Currently, indoor air quality and thermal comfort in nearly 80% of schools are not good enough for optimal learning conditions.

Academic background

Wim Zeiler studied Mechanical Engineering (Design and construction; Methodical Design) at the Technische Universiteit Twente (University of Twente). In 1983, he started work at a building services contracting company, in which he currently holds the position of building services technology specialist.

He has worked as a visiting assistant professor at the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft (2000-2003). He has been a member of the board of TVVL (Dutch Society for Building Services in the Built Environment), chairman of the department of Electro-technology of TVVL and he is member of the board of advice of ISSO (Dutch society for stimulation of research on building services in the Netherlands). He received the B.J. Max price of TVVL in 1993 and in 2009 he was honoured with their lifetime achievement award the Gold medal. In 2014 he received the REHVA professional science award.

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Office buildings Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science
Process control Engineering & Materials Science
Ventilation Engineering & Materials Science
Energy utilization Engineering & Materials Science
Heating Engineering & Materials Science
Intelligent buildings Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal energy Engineering & Materials Science

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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.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2000 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
Statistical methods
Energy utilization

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
Neural networks
Energy management systems
Open Access
Office buildings
Energy conservation
Thermal comfort
Thermal energy

Human-in-the-loop energy flexibility integration on a neighbourhood level: Small and Big Data management

Zeiler, W. & Labeodan, T., 1 May 2019, In : Building Services Engineering Research and Technology. 40, 3, p. 305-318 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Information management
Office buildings
Smart meters
Heat storage
Decentralized control

Optimization of an aquifer thermal energy storage system through integrated modelling of aquifer, HVAC systems and building

Bozkaya, B., 13 Jun 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 172 p.

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

Open Access

Student theses

A data mining approach to study occupant behavior: in De Kroeven Project

Author: Ren, X., 30 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 1), Boxem, G. (Supervisor 2) & Zhao, Y. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Amsterdam hockeypark '28: olympisch hockeycomplex in het Amsterdamse Bos

Author: Bolier, D., 31 Jan 2009

Supervisor: van Zuuk, R. (Supervisor 1), Brodruck, R. (Supervisor 2) & Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Analysis of zero energy buildings in the Netherlands

Author: Kaya, O., 30 Apr 2012

Supervisor: Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 1) & Boxem, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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


A systematic approach to obtain energy reduction in the complex HVAC systems of UMCs: a case study in isolation rooms of Erasmus MC Sophia

Author: Schoenmakers, I., 28 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Zeiler, W. (Supervisor 1), Kort, H. (Supervisor 2) & Boxem, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master