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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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Projects 2018 2021

DYNKA - DYNamisch licht en binnenklimaat voor KAntoren

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


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2000 2020

Open Access
Energy Levels
Electron energy levels
Learning algorithms
Learning systems
Learning Algorithm
14 Downloads (Pure)

The energy efficient use of an air handling unit for balancing an aquifer thermal energy storage system

Bozkaya, B. & Zeiler, W., 1 Feb 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 146, p. 1932-1942 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Thermal energy
Energy storage
2 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

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

A Diagnostic Bayesian Network Method To Diagnose Building Energy Performance

Taal, A., Itard, L. & Zeiler, W., 2 Sep 2019, Proceedings Building Simulation 2019. p. 1-8 8 p.

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

Analyzing possibilities of using energy from surface and sewage water for the energy transition of the built environment: study in the Netherlands

Hetebrij, R., Walker, S. & Zeiler, W., Sep 2019, p. 142. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractProfessional

surface water
potential energy


BPS masterproject Design

1/09/15 → …


Building Services

1/09/13 → …


Intelligent buildings

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

CIBSE Technical Symposium puts emphasis on collaboration

Wim Zeiler


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Collaboration message dominates sell-out CIBSE symposium

Wim Zeiler


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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