1 Feb 2018
UM Star Lecture in Eindhoven

Dynamic indoor climate: good for people and building

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt concluded that our buildings should be colder when he discovered that cold increases people’s energy consumption and reduces the energy consumption of our buildings. It is a revolutionary idea that breaks with the global habit of setting buildings during each season at a temperature for the average person. While most research in thermoregulation looks at extremes in temperatures, the professor was looking at only mild variations. This led him to a series of discoveries about brown fat—healthy fat that creates extra heat as a kind of body heat. He also showed why women usually feel cold at offices where the temperature is set for the average man. (Lecture is in Dutch)

About the speaker

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt is regularly invited to speak at international conferences. He is the creator and organiser of ThermoNed, a platform of (about 30) Dutch thermophysiologists, who meet annually and is a member of various scientific societies. He is also associate editor of the journal Temperature° and of the Journal of Physiological Anthropology. This summer, he received the 2017 Huibregtsen Prize because of the “interdisciplinary approach and the steps toward concrete applications that can improve the building environment in terms of both health and sustainability”.