The research of the Sustainability Research and Education Team is closely linked to the growing need to deal with the built environment in a more sustainable way, not only when designing new buildings, but also when dealing with existing buildings. Although the concept of sustainable building has become commonplace, this does not mean that the practice of sustainable architecture has become commonplace, on the contrary. The integration of sustainability by architects during the design process often still falls short. Also among households, there is a clear gap between intentions and actual decisions. Finally, buildings that are sustainably designed on plan, are not always effectively sustainable in practice. Therefore, the objectives of our research are (1) to contribute to the scientific founding of sustainable architecture mainly at building level and with a focus on comfort, energy and material performance and (2) to contribute to supporting the decision making process of both architects and building owners towards more sustainable designs, in line with the ambitions of the EU and Flanders for nearly zero energy buildings and more sustainable material use.
Prof. dr. Griet Verbeeck
Prof. dr. Erik Nuyts
dr. Elke Knapen
dr. Bart Janssens
dra. Elke Meex
dra. Victoria Taranu
drs. Ermal Kapedani
dra. Ann Bosserez
drs. Nick Van Loy
drs. Jasper Van Der Linden
dr. Lieve Weytjens
drs. Waqas Ahmed Mahar
- Development of a methodology for architects for the assessment and integration of sustainable material use from the early design phase on
- Mobilization for energy renovation
- Synergies in combining Energy and Universal Design renovations in individual housing
- Dynamic dwellings as innovative, sustainable renovation concept
- Spatial use patterns in Flemish dwellings: analysis and impact on energy consumption.
- Earthen Architecture in Flanders. A strategy for building with a low environmental impact?
- Living Lab projects Mutatie+, Ecoren and Werfgoed
- EcoTown, a serious game on renovation
- Steunpunt Wonen/
- Assesment of Low Carbon Society Policy Instruments