Since 1980, under the guidance of Prof. A. De Herde, the Architecture and Climate research unit has been pursuing the following objectives:
- Research, design, modelling and construction with a view to a better balance among buildings, climate and occupants, with the goal of establishing and developing, within the framework of sustainable development, the theory of climatic architecture and sustainable architecture. To this end, it also carries out scientific follow-up to experimental projects. The computer models developed within the unit pertain to dynamic phenomena of thermics, natural ventilation and natural and artificial lighting of buildings, as well as the links between these models.
- Efforts to achieve optimal energy efficiency in tertiary sector buildings and their facilities, with a view to meeting the occupants’ need for comfort by making best use of energy resources. To this end, it also conducts studies and expert evaluations of energy audits and guidance.
- Support for the teaching of architecture within the architecture department of the faculty of applied sciences via courses, projects, practical work and exercises, in the 1st and 2nd as well as 3rd cycles of study.
- The development of specific teaching methods geared to the establishment of continuing training courses for architects and energy technicians.
The unit’s research activities take place within the International Energy Agency, the European Union, the federal state, the Walloon, Flemish and Brussels Regions, and in contact with the world of industry. Moreover, the team works closely with many national and international research teams.
Areas of Activity
We can identify three main areas of activity:
- Climatic architecture and sustainable architecture,
- Energy efficiency of tertiary sector buildings and their facilities,
- Teaching and continuing training.