Laure Itard

Laure Itard is a professor of Building Energy Epidemiology at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. After studying Physics and Thermodynamics in France, Laure worked at Electricité de France before starting with her PhD research on high efficiency wet-compression-resorption heat pumps at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Delft University of Technology, where she got her PhD.
She then worked as a consultant and project leader at the Research & Development department of Deerns Consulting Engineers, a large consultancy firm for energy and indoor climate equipment in buildings where she worked among others at software development for building simulations. In 2004 Laure came back to the Delft University of Technology, were she is currently associate professor at the department OTB-Research for the Built Environment of the faculty of architecture.

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Energy Demand in Buildings (edX)

Discover how building design and occupancy determines the energy demand in buildings and learn how to (re)design low energy buildings. Building design strongly influences the quantity of heating, cooling and electricity needed during building operation. Therefore, a correct thermal design is essential to achieve low energy and low carbon [...]

Efficient HVAC Systems (edX)

Learn how to decide on efficient combinations of energy conversion systems and how to distribute and control air and energy flows in buildings whilst minimizing carbon emissions and optimizing thermal comfort in close consideration with the architect. In this course you will start by identifying the different steps a [...]

Comfort and Health in Buildings (edX)

Learn how to realize thermally comfortable and healthy buildings and how energy technologies impact comfort. Even in the well-accepted indoor temperature range of 20-24°C (68-75°F), people can experience thermal discomfort. Complaints about the indoor thermal environment are one of the major complaints building and facility managers have to deal [...]

Energy Supply Systems for Buildings (edX)

Discover how to convert natural resources into heat, cold and electricity, what the capabilities of renewable systems are, how to match energy supply with buildings’ energy demand, and what that means for energy efficiency and carbon emissions. In this course, you will discover the supply side of buildings’ energy [...]

Decarbonization of Heat – An Introduction to Sustainable Heating and Cooling Systems (edX)

Gain a comprehensive overview of all the technologies that can deliver sustainable heating and cooling systems. Learn to identify technically feasible and cost-efficient solutions in your own heating and cooling decarbonizing projects.

Dynamic Energy Modelling of Buildings: Thermal Simulation (edX)

Understand the dynamics of buildings’ thermal behavior and learn how to optimize their design and operation through thermal modeling. Many engineers are puzzled by questions such as: how to shift or reduce peak heating demand to obtain a better match with a smart grid or renewable energy system? What [...]