Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Research Group
Zero energy buildings theme consolidates research topics of energy performance, building physics, indoor climate, building services and of some architectural elements like massing and daylight.
nZEB Research Group represent key competencies of the following research areas:
- Building physics
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Indoor climate
- Energy performance of buildings
Key research initiatives are targeted to the development of technical solutions and calculation methods for highly energy performing and zero energy buildings within active cooperation with other research areas such as architecture, construction economics, building materials and energy production which all well represented in ongoing Zero Energy Center of Excellence in Research ZEBE. Another important research field is formed by topics of renovation of buildings and improvement of existing building stock.
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings nZEB Research Group was established in 2012 and it is being built on previous chairs of building physics and HVAC which both have extensively long history at TTÜ. Within it short life time, nZEB Research Group is contributed to the development of Estonian energy performance calculation framework and methodology, to the preparation of technical definitions and system boundaries of nearly zero energy buildings on European level and to the development of Estonian nZEB requirements. Estonia was a second country in EU publishing nZEB requirements which provided as long as possible preparatory period for the construction industry and good possibilities to develop innovative technical solutions with high export potential.