Jarek Kurnitski

Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor
T214 Civil Engineering

Jarek Kurnitski, adjunct professor at Aalto university, operates his research group of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings NZEB at Aalto and Tallinn University of Technology, where he is full professor and head of Civil engineering and Architecture Department. He is the leader of Estonian Center of Excellence in Research ZEBE, Zero energy and resource efficient smart buildings and districts operating 2016-2022. Before the professorship Jarek worked for SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund, where he had the main responsibility to conduct the Energy Programme 2009–2012.

Jarek is editorial board member of Energy & Buildings and Building Physics scientific journals as well as The REHVA European HVAC Journal that are leading international scientific and professional journals in the domain. Since May 2012 Jarek Kurnitski was elected to become a vice-president of REHVA, Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations, and in 2016 he was reelected for serving term till May 2019. He has been known from a leading role in the preparation of technical definitions and system boundaries for nearly zero energy buildings. In REHVA, the European professional HVAC organization, he is the chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee where he currently chaired REHVA Task Force on Heat Recovery Residential Ventilation resulting in European Guidebook in 2018.

Jarek has been deeply involved in the work to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment in two countries, he has developed energy calculation frames for present Estonian and Finnish energy performance regulations. Jarek has been working in expert groups of CEN, WHO, CIB, ISIAQ and REHVA, preparing international evidence based guidelines, standards and textbooks for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. Some examples are the preparation of EPBD 1st and 2nd generation standards in technical committees CEN TC 156, TC 89, TC371 and TC228, and WHO guidelines for indoor air quality.

As one of leading European experts in energy performance of buildings, he has recognized with scientific awards from professional associations SCANVAC (2000), REHVA (2005), and Estonian state research award (2018), and his list of publications includes more than 450 items.

Research area:

  • Energy performance and indoor climate analysis of buildings and systems
  • Low energy and nearly zero energy buildings
  • Microbial growth and moisture safety aspects in buildings
  • Innovative HVAC and energy systems and building simulation
  • Technical definitions for NZEB buildings and energy calculation frames for regulation
  • Sustainability assessment criteria and methods for buildings and construction
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Areas of expertise

Nearly zero energy buildings

Honors and awards

Energy and Buildings Reviewer's Award Energy and Buildings -lehti, Alankomaat

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2014

Scientist of the year 2015, Tallinn University of Technology

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Outstanding reviewer award 2015 of Sustainable Cities and Society Journal

Outstanding reviewer award 2015 of Sustainable Cities and Society (within the top 10th percentile of reviewers for the Journal)
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Recognized reviewer of Building and Environment Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Recognized reviewer of Automation in Construction Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Recognized reviewer of Energy and Buildings Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Silver medal of professional service, Finnish Association of HVAC Societies (SuLVI)

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2015

Recognized reviewer of Energy Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2014

Recognized reviewer of Sustainable Cities and Society Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2014

Recognized reviewer of Applied Energy Journal

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2014

Research groups

  • Building Design and Construction, Adjunct Professor

Publications

Evaluating the energy readiness of national building stocks through benchmarking

Andrea Ferrantelli, Juri Belikov, Eduard Petlenkov, Martin Thalfeldt, Jarek Kurnitski 2022 IEEE Access

Extent of geotechnical site investigations for buildings in Estonia

L. Leetsaar, L. Korkiala-Tanttu, V. Jaaniso, J. Kurnitski, J. Idnurm 2021 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

Building performance indicators and IEQ assessment procedure for the next generation of EPC-s

Karl Villem Võsa, Andrea Ferrantelli, Dragomir Tzanev, Kamen Simeonov, Pablo Carnero, Carlos Espigares, Miriam Navarro Escudero, Pedro Vicente Quiles, Thibault Andrieu, Florian Battezzati, Katia Cordeiro, Francis Allard, Zoltan Magyar, Giusy Turturiello, Luca Alberto Piterà, Simona D'Oca, Eric Willems, Peter Veld Op 'T, Andrei Vladimir Litiu, Cǎtǎlin Lungu, Tiberiu Catalina, Jarek Kurnitski 2021 E3S Web of Conferences

NZEB Requirements vs European Benchmarks in Residential Buildings

Raimo Simson, Kirsten Engelund Thomsen, Kim Bjarne Wittchen, Jarek Kurnitski 2021 Rehva journal

Impact of internal heat gain profiles on the design cooling capacity of landscaped offices

Seyed Shahabaldin Seyed Salehi, Andrea Ferrantelli, Hans Kristjan Aljas, Jarek Kurnitski, Martin Thalfeldt 2021 E3S Web of Conferences

Measured performance of exhaust air heat pumps in Finnish apartment buildings

Petri Pylsy, Jarek Kurnitski 2021 E3S Web of Conferences

Experimental testing of exterior wall mounted mechanical ventilation exhaust air outlet devices

Ülar Palmiste, Tauno Meier, Jarek Kurnitski, Hendrik Voll 2021 E3S Web of Conferences

A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection

Lidia Morawska, Joseph Allen, William Bahnfleth, Philomena M. Bluyssen, Atze Boerstra, Giorgio Buonanno, Junji Cao, Stephanie J. Dancer, Andres Floto, Francesco Franchimon, Trisha Greenhalgh, Charles Haworth, Jaap Hogeling, Christina Isaxon, Jose L. Jimenez, Jarek Kurnitski, Yuguo Li, Marcel Loomans, Guy Marks, Linsey C. Marr, Livio Mazzarella, Arsen Krikor Melikov, Shelly Miller, Donald K. Milton, William Nazaroff, Peter V. Nielsen, Catherine Noakes, Jordan Peccia, Kim Prather, Xavier Querol, Chandra Sekhar, Olli Seppänen, Shin-ichi Tanabe, Julian W. Tang, Raymond Tellier, Kwok Wai Tham, Pawel Wargocki, Aneta Wierzbicka, Maosheng Yao 2021 Science