Jarek Kurnitski
Department of Civil Engineering

Jarek Kurnitski

Adjunct Professor

Kontakt information

Postadress
Rakentajanaukio 4 A, 02150 Espoo
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Beskrivning

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

Utmärkelser

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

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

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

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 academic career
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 2014

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

Publikationer

Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Penicillium expansum strain isolated from indoor building material was able to grow on gypsum board and emitted guttation droplets containing chaetoglobosins and communesins A, B and D

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Applied Microbiology
Department of Civil Engineering, Building Design and Construction

Positive pressure effect on moisture performance in a school building

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Building Physics
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

How to compare energy performance requirements of Japanese and European office buildings

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019 Congress
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Indoor climate and energy performance in nearly zero energy day care centers and school buildings

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Thermal comfort and draught assessment in a modern open office building in Tallinn

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019 Congress
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Optimal PI control parameters for accurate underfloor heating temperature control

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Evidence based residential ventilation: sizing procedure and system solutions addressed by REHVA Residential Ventilation Task Force

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Redefining cost-optimal nZEB levels for new residential buildings

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019 Congress
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

CLIMA 2019 Congress, Bucharest, Romania, may 26-29, 2019

Publishing year: 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Annual performance analysis of heat emission in radiator and underfloor heating systems in the European reference room

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019 Congress