Jarek Kurnitski

  • Rakentajanaukio 4 A, 02150 Espoo

19982020

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Artistic and research interests

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Master of Science (Technology)

Keywords

  • Nearly zero energy buildings

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Research Output

A comparative study on cooling period thermal comfort assessment in modern open office landscape in Estonia

Kiil, M., Simson, R., Thalfeldt, M. & Kurnitski, J., 1 Feb 2020, In : Atmosphere. 11, 2, 127.

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    A novel method for calculating heat emitter and controller configuration setpoint variations with EN15316-2

    Võsa, K. V., Ferrantelli, A. & Kurnitski, J., 1 Sep 2020, In : Journal of Building Engineering. 31, 101387.

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  • A Qualitative Control Approach to Reduce Energy Costs of Hybrid Energy Systems: Utilizing Energy Price and Weather Data

    Taebnia, M., Heikkilä, M., Mäkinen, J., Kiukkonen-Kivioja, J., Pakanen, J. & Kurnitski, J., 17 Mar 2020, In : Energies. 13, 6, 18 p., 1401.

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    A tabulated sizing method for the early stage design of geothermal energy piles including thermal storage

    Ferrantelli, A., Fadejev, J. & Kurnitski, J., 15 Sep 2020, In : Energy and Buildings. 223, 110178.

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  • Exposure to indoor air contaminants in school buildings with and without reported indoor air quality problems

    Vornanen-Winqvist, C., Järvi, K., Andersson, M. A., Duchaine, C., Létourneau, V., Kedves, O., Kredics, L., Mikkola, R., Kurnitski, J. & Salonen, H., Aug 2020, In : Environment International. 141, 105781.

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    Projects

    ENSIHALLI: Energiatehokkaat ja sisäympäristöltään laadukkaat uimahallirakennukset

    Kurnitski, J.

    27/03/202031/12/2021

    Project: Other external funding: Ministry of Education funding

    FINEST TW WP6/Kurnitski

    Kurnitski, J. & Hajian, H.

    01/12/201931/12/2022

    Project: EU: Framework programmes funding

    Jäähallin tavoite-energiankulutusta arvioivan laskentamenetelmän sekä keskitetyn jäähalliteknisen tietopankin tutkimus-ja kehitystyö

    Taebnia, M., Kurnitski, J., Piironen, J. & Leppä, L.

    01/01/201731/12/2019

    Project: Other external funding: Ministry of Education funding

    Prizes

    Best paper of the year, Energy and Buildings journal

    Jarek Kurnitski (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • EKVÜ professional award 2011 (Estonian Society of Heating and Ventilation Engineers)

    Jarek Kurnitski (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • Energy & Buildings 2013 Journal award, Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing

    Jarek Kurnitski (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

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

    Jarek Kurnitski (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Activities

    Roomvent & Ventilation Conference

    Jarek Kurnitski (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    International conference “Innovative Materials, Structures and Technologies”

    Jarek Kurnitski (Member)
    2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    World Sustainable Built Environment Conference

    Jarek Kurnitski (Member)
    2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of an organizing committee or other positions of trust of a conference or a seminar

    Opponent of Doctoral thesis defense, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    Jarek Kurnitski (Opponent)
    2017

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examination of dissertation or acting as opponent to doctoral students