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Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings

Research group

Main organisation:Construction
Lifecycle:1 Apr 2023 →  Today
Organisation profile:The built environment is the result of a chain of materials, companies and people and their interaction. Therefore, defining sustainability in one area affects the definition in other parts of this chain. This conceptual challenge is addressed in the research on sustainability assessments. In order to be able to bring our findings into practice, novel optimization strategies for the design, operation and maintenance of several (sub-)systems are explored and researched with respect to these new challenges. As the domain of application is strongly characterized by buildings themselves, a particular interest is paid to their interaction with users and building infrastructure. Hereby energy efficiency is an important part, but not sole criteria of sustainability. In our research we bridge the gap between fundamental research towards application. Therefore, our expertise includes both aspects either more related to fundamental research and some more to application driven research. The existing research tracks in the group complement each other, all searching solutions for a more sustainable built environment: • The research on sustainability assessment includes both fundamental research on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) modelling as more applied research with knowledge on Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and tecno-economic assessments. • The (energy) performance of buildings as a whole are assessed throughout simulations, whereas specific tests are developed for components in infrastructure. • Optimization strategies are combined with system modelling and characterization of buildings and thermal systems like HVAC, district heating, hot water systems, energy networks, … in order to research and develop novel design and control methods for such systems. • Characterization and design optimization of critical components which can have a large influence on overall system performance, like e.g. heat exchangers. • Developing durable and sustainable strategies for the design of new structures, condition assessment and service life extension of existing structures, with particular focus on concrete structures and other cementitious materials.
Disciplines:Architectural engineering, Building engineering, Scientific computing, Other engineering and technology