Laure Itard appointed as Professor Building Energy Epidemiology
With pleasure the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment announces that Laure Itard (Le Mans, 1964) has been appointed as Professor Building Energy Epidemiology.
The Chair of Building Energy Epidemiology will focus on performance analysis, diagnosis, and optimization of energy systems in operation at the level of buildings and the building stock. This will be achieved by combining statistics and data analytics with thermodynamics, building physics, behavioural sciences, and systems’ dynamics:
- to develop new methods for analysis and interpretation of large combinations of data sets
- to better understand the complex interactions between buildings, indoor climate equipment, and occupants
- to develop methods for diagnosis, optimization, and prediction of operational performances of energy systems.
The research field of the chair offers new opportunities for energy policy assessment and for the identification of efficient measures and systems for buildings in use. This is relevant to two new developments. On the one hand, the complexity of buildings’ energy systems is increasing a lot, as a consequence of multiple integrated conversion, distribution, and buffering systems inherent to the use of renewable thermal or electrical energy. Unlike industrial systems, buildings’ energy systems work in a strong interaction with the building itself and its occupants, being responsible for the quality of the indoor climate. This complexity often leads to disappointing operational performances.
On the other hand, a huge potential for feedback on actual operational performances comes from the quickly growing availability of cheaper sensors, smart meters, building management systems, and large databases, including the cloud and the internet of things. The available data could be used for the optimization and design of systems, as well as for the monitoring of energy policies. However, suitable analysis methods are necessary in order to do so.
Laure Itard has been working for OTB – Research for the Built Environment since 2004, obtained her PhD at the Faculty of 3mE at the TU Delft in 1998, and has worked for several years as consulting engineer and software developer on numerous projects in the field of energy and buildings. She was professor of applied sciences within the group ‘Energy and the Built Environment’ at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool) from 2010 to 2017.
Machiel van Dorst, chair OTB – Research for the Built Environment: “Laure being appointed as full Professor is a huge enrichment for the department. In her work, she makes a crucial and unique connection between sustainability goals, the welfare of residents and technology. In addition, Laure is a committed and amiable colleague; great to have her on our team.”