Urban Energy Lunch Lecture

Business opportunities and policy challenges for the adoption of energy flexible buildings

The introduction of smart electricity and heating networks requires buildings to become ‘smart grid ready’. In this framework it is expected that future buildings will be able to manage their demand and generation according to, not only local climate conditions and user needs, but also related to signals in case of limited availability or abundance of energy on the connected distribution network. While case studies prove that this is technically feasible, the adoption of such energy flexibility in buildings depends largely on social and commercial acceptance. The development of energy flexible buildings will introduce new challenges for various stakeholders, which have been researched in the framework of the IEA EBC Annex 67 Energy Flexible Buildings. This lecture identifies key opportunities and barriers experienced by stakeholders in various countries. The research results illustrate the need to develop related business models and supporting energy policy.

Erwin Mlecnik, Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

Dr. (TU Delft, 2013) Civ.Eng.-arch. (VUB, 1992) Erwin Mlecnik is Assistant Professor at the Department Management in the Built Environment of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. He specialised in innovation development for highly energy-efficient housing and energy transition challenges. His research aims to strengthen supply-side collaboration, user engagement, and the development of innovative offers and policies for sustainable houses, renovations and communities.

Erwin has more than 25 years of experience with sustainable construction and innovation. Before his career at TU Delft, he was founder, coordinator and senior expert R&D at the Flemish Passive House Platform and did research at the non-profit organisation Energie Duurzaam vzw, the engineering office Cenergie cvba, and the universities of Palermo, Montpellier and Brussels. He is also a Dutch representative for various working groups of the International Energy Agency, such as the IEA EBC Annex 67 - Energy Flexible Buildings and the IEA EBC Annex 75 - Cost-effective Building Renovation at District Level Combining Energy Efficiency & Renewables.


18th June 2019, 12:45-13:30h
TU Delft, faculty 3mE in hall D
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