Delft University of Technology TUD
Faculty of Architecture
Department of Building Technology
Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL, Delft, the Netherlands
Department of Sustainable Housing Management and Quality Assurance
Jaffalaan 9, 2628 BX Delft, the Netherlands
In 1842, King Willem II founded the 'Royal Academy for the education of civilian engineers, for serving both nation and industry, and of apprentices for trade'. Since then TU Delft has become one of the world’s best 15 universities of technology (THES, 2009) and leads the way in research into technological innovations.
Research, development and design are the three main anchors of the research programme of the Department of Building Technology, Faculty of Architecture. The research has strong design relations, but stretches between the extreme ends of fundamental technical research and application directed design and includes technology development as her central domain. Major challenges include innovative development of a vocabulary of free-form computer-assisted technology, development of healthy, environmentally intelligent climates for the sustainable built environment, digitalization and performance improvement in building design and materialization, and applying design information, communication and knowledge technologies towards the integration and automation of design, manufacturing and construction. The group of Climate Design & Sustainability focuses on smart climate concepts aiming at interaction between climate concept, building design, location and use. The urban and climatic context play an important role in developing innovative climate concepts and building designs.
The housing sector plays a central role in the research programme of the Department of Sustainable Housing Management and Quality Assurance, OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment. The researchers study new and existing housing stock with the emphasis on policy, processes, instruments and players in the housing market. The main themes of interest are quality, the development of processes and models, management and testing. The environmental research focuses on energy-savings policies, life cycle analysis of buildings, health in relation to indoor environment and materials and effect of human behavior.
Delft University of Technology will be leader of work package 5 of the Ecoheat4Cities project, and will provide input to work packages 2 and 4. The main aim of work package 5 is to provide guidance to cities on smart heating and cooling by explaining the relevance and applicability of the established Green-labeling methodology for wider variety of purposes, including comparison between other heating and cooling options. Communities and customers must be empowered to make informed heating and cooling choices. The aim is to give cities/communities the information required to choose the best route for achieving their environmental aspirations, to enable them to take pride in and maximize the value of their DHC schemes, to support the integration of DHC in planning procedures and to benefit from improved customer acceptance of network-based solutions.