Sustainable and efficient use of energy is to key to decreasing the energy consumption of the built environment. It can be achieved by reducing the energy demand by reducing heat losses or heat gains, depending on the climate and function of the building; by ensuring an optimal use of energy, which includes using efficient lighting and appliances as well as automated control; and by using renewable resources to cover as much of the remaining energy demand as possible.
During my MSc degree I focussed mostly on how to integrate these steps into the design process and how some of the solutions can be merged into architectural solutions. Currently I am looking more into how building automation and sensors can be used as an energy saving solution, in addition to upgrading the building envelope.
During my education at Eindhoven University of Technology and at NTNU, I have gained knowledge about architecture and the user in relation to sustainability. I choose to focus most of my projects on the integration of these three elements.
I have worked with different types of projects, including new buildings, refurbishment projects, zero emission buildings, and climate adapted buildings. The concepts included a combination of: sustainable design, functional design, space flexibility, energy saving strategies, indoor comfort, and closed-loop systems.
Right now I am focussing on existing buildings only, because they are the main contributor to the energy consumption of the built environment and upgrading the existing building stock will result in a significant drop of energy consumption and related CO2 emissions.
As part of my PhD eductation, I am involved in teaching activities in the course ‘building technology 2’ during the fall semester. This course is part of the specialisation building technology of the bachelor ‘civil engineering’ at NTNU. I am also a supervisor for several groups of bachelor students from this specialisation during the spring semester.
My contribution includes giving lectures, project guidance, and supervision of bachelor projects. These projects relate to building technology, building physics, and energy use in buildings.
Being creative is something that I enjoy doing in my freetime. I have a lot of hobbies that require some form of creativity. This includes playing guitar, singing, drawing, arts-and-crafts, and gardening.
In a work-environment I try to think outside of the box and try to use my creativity for problem-solving. This means that I do not easily give up, and that I do not always accept the most obvious solution if I believe there is a better way. On a social level, I like to create a cosy environment and I enjoy organising social activities.
I have mastered several computer programs related to both computer-aided design as well as simulations and editing documents and images. Below follows an overview of these programs.
Computer-aided design: ArchiCAD, AutoCad, Revit Architecture, Google Sketchup
Simulations: DesignBuilder, DiaLux, Ecotect Analysis, IDA-ICE, SIMIEN
Editing: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, LaTeX, Microsoft Office
In a work setting and in my personal life I am a very organised and structured person. I am disciplined and put an effort into finding the most efficient way for me to finish my tasks. Efficient for me means delivering on-time and with good quality, without putting too much pressure on myself or my environment. This also includes making lists to gain overview of the project and of what needs to be done. I am critical towards myself and others, and have a good eye for detail. As a result, I will not submit an end-result if I am not satisfied with it and I always try to push myself.