Risto Kosonen

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Artistic and research interests

Professorship is in the area of HVAC technology with focus on indoor climate, high performing building services and as well as energy efficiency in buildings. Current research projects are focused on energy efficiency of building and near zone area, utilization of digitalization & IoT and indoor climate. Earlier 20 years experience in industry of business development, research and development of HVAC- systems and services.  Leadership experience in several research projects with industry during 25 years including cooperation with international universities. Author of over 320 international publications. Nine European patents (EPO) of indoor climate and energy systems. He has been reviewer of H2020 European projects, evaluator of EU Structural Fund on Industry Driven Research in Latvia and Poland and also Estonian science Centers of Excellences. Prof.  Kosonen has been a keynote speaker in international conferences e.g. in China and Romania and he is President of ROOMVENTILATION Conference 2018.

Prof. Kosonen is President of Federation of Finnish HVAC associations and Chair of Indoor Climate Association in Finland. Board and committee membership of e.g. IBPSA Nordic, AIVC and REHVA organizations. He is member of several committees: REHVA Technical Committee; REHVA-ISHRAE (India); REHVA-CCHVAC (China).  Awards, prizes and honours:  REHVA Professional Award of Technology, Rydberg Gold Medal that is Scanvac’s highest distinction on research of indoor air quality, air distribution and ventilation and REHVA Fellow. He has got of awards of papers: Best Paper Award 2016 in Building and Environment Journal and Best paper Award in ventilation 2015 conference in Shanghai 2015

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology), Energy Engineering

Licentiate of Science (Technology), Energy Engineering


  • Energy and HVAC-systems in buildings
  • HVAC
  • Ventilation
  • Indoor air quality
  • Thermal comfort
  • Air distribution

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)

    A multi-timescale cold storage system within energy flexible buildings for power balance management of smart grids

    Yan, C., Wang, F., Pan, Y., Shan, K. & Kosonen, R., 23 Jul 2020, In : Renewable Energy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    Demand response potential of district heating and ventilation in an educational office building

    Vand, B., Martin, K., Jokisalo, J., Kosonen, R. & Hast, A., 15 Mar 2020, In : Science and Technology for the Built Environment. 26, 3, p. 304-319 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    1 Citation (Scopus)


    Heat and health in the changing climate

    Kosonen, R.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Profi2 Kosonen T21201

    Mäkelä, K. & Kosonen, R.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles


    Lestinen, S., Kosonen, R. & Kilpeläinen, S.


    Project: Domestic funds and foundations


    Kosonen, R., Jokisalo, J. & Kilpeläinen, S.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding


    Best Paper Award, Building and Environment Journal

    Risto Kosonen (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Best Paper Award in Ventilation 2015 Conference, Shanghai

    Risto Kosonen (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    John Rydberg gold metal

    Risto Kosonen (Recipient), 15 Jun 2013

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • REHVA Fellow

    Risto Kosonen (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career


    Sunliang Cao

    Risto Kosonen (Host)
    8 Jul 20198 Aug 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    Roomvent & Ventilation Conference

    Risto Kosonen (Chair)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesChair of conference, workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Influence of office layout and ceiling height on vertical temperature gradient in office rooms with displacement ventilation

    Natalia Lastovets (Speaker), Risto Kosonen (Contributor), Panu Mustakallio (Contributor)
    19 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Member of dissertation committee

    Risto Kosonen (Member)

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

    Press / Media

    Suomen LVI-liitto odottaa korona-ajan synnyttävän innovaatioita ilmanvaihdossa

    Risto Kosonen


    1 item of Media coverage

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    IV-teknologialla on annettavaa koronan torjuntaan

    Risto Kosonen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Ilmanvaihto voi levittää koronaa tai torjua sen leviämistä | Rakennuslehti

    Risto Kosonen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance