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Research profile

Runa T. Hellwig, Dr., is full professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. Runa does interdisciplinary research in people's indoor climate perception, human building interaction, overheating, energy-efficient buildings, and integrated architectural design. Her research aims to make a difference in every day life of people in buildings and to overcome the climate change crisis. During 25 years of career she has been involved in about 50 applied research projects and services for the building and aviation industry and public authorities. Her research approaches cover experimental work in laboratories, indoors and under real weather, monitoring as well as post-occupancy surveys. She is appointed member of the Committee of Workplaces consulting the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Her climatic background is continental and oceanic climate. She lived also in an equatorial tropical climate.

Teaching profile

Students who are interested to do their PhD thesis or Master's thesis project with me are most welcome to contact me. I offer a variety of topics in Building Climatology covered by the following keywords:

- Human Building Interaction
- Personal control over the indoor climate
- Occupant perception and behaviour
- Indoor Climate, Thermal Comfort

- Climate adjusted buildings, bioclimatic architecture, passive building technologies
- Building Energy efficiency
- Building physics

- Sustainable strategies in the built environment, especially sufficiency strategies and energy efficiency
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Apsects of occupational health and safety

You may be interested in the following methodologies

- experimental measurements in testing set-ups
- field measurements and surveys
- post-occupancy evaluation, working with people

 

Education/Academic qualification

Didactic Qualification Programme, Certificate “Hochschullehre Bayern“ (University Teaching Bavaria)

Award Date: 6 May 2013

Thermal Comfort, Dr.-Ing. degree (Doctorate), Technical University of Munich

Nov 2005

Award Date: 2 Nov 2005

Building Climatology, PD (Privatdozent), Habilitation degree, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Sep 2015

Civil Engineering, Dipl.-Ing. degree (Mastger's), University of Stuttgart

Jul 1995

External positions

Member of the Committee of Workplaces (ASTA) of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

20192022

Visiting Professor, University of Sydney

1 Aug 201816 Sep 2018

Professor of Buildings Physics and Indoor Climate, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Apr 2016Sep 2018

Associate Professor, School of Design and Environment, Department of Building, National University of Singapore

Sep 2014Mar 2016

Cluster Director Solar and Energy Efficient Buildings, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore

Sep 2014Mar 2016

Professor of Buildings Physics and Indoor Climate, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Oct 2009Aug 2014

Group Head Indoor Climate, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Sep 2006Sep 2009

Research Scientist (Senior), Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Nov 2005Aug 2006

Research Scientist, Unit Indoor Climatology, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany.

Mar 2004Mar 2006

Research Scientist/ Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Chair for Building Climatology and Building Services, Technical University of Munich

Nov 2002Feb 2005

Research Scientist/ Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Chair for Building Services, University of Kassel

Nov 1999Oct 2002

Visiting Scientist, NorwegianDep. of Building Technology, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Feb 1998Jul 1998

Research Scientist, Departyment of Heat Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Aug 1995Oct 1999

Keywords

  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • Human Building Interaction
  • People's Indoor Climate Perception
  • Integrated Architectural Design
  • Personal Control
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Adaptation
  • Climate-adjusted buildings
  • Passive building technologies
  • Post-occupancy evaluation
  • Field studies
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupant perception
  • Construction
  • Building automation system (BAS
  • Zero Energy Buildings
  • Building physics
  • Energy
  • Building technology
  • Building Energy efficiency
  • Building Heating and Cooling
  • Low-energy buildings
  • Environment
  • Sufficiency
  • Resilience
  • Occupant behaviour
  • Building Climatology
  • Climate Adaption
  • Occupational Health and Safety

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Projects

Research Output

Guideline to bridge the gap between adaptive thermal comfort theory and building design and operation practice

Hellwig, R. T., Despoina, T., Schweiker, M., Choi, J-H., Lee, J. M. C., Mora, R., Rawal, R., Wang, Z. & Al-Atrash, F., 6 May 2020, 11th Windsor Conference - Resilient Comfort, Proceedings. Roaf, S., Nicol, F. & Finlayson, W. (eds.). Ecohouse Initiative Ltd., p. 529-545 17 p. 068

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • A framework for adopting adaptive thermal comfort principles in design and operation of buildings

    Hellwig, R. T., Despoina, T., Schweiker, M., Choi, J-H., Lee, J. M. C., Mora, R., Rawal, R., Wang, Z. & Al-Atrash, F., 15 Dec 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 205, 13 p., 109476.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    What about children? Implications from their subjective perception and the risk of overheating in schools

    te Kulve, M., Hellwig, R. T., van Dijken, F. & Boerstra, A., 6 May 2020, Proceedings 11th Windsor Conference. Roaf, S., Nicol, F. & Finlayson, W. (eds.). Ecohouse Initiative Ltd., p. 216-223 184

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Revisiting overheating indoors.

    Hellwig, R. T., Apr 2018, Proceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 12-15 April 2018. London. London: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, http://nceub.org.uk, 13 p. paper 0116

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Perceived control in indoor environments: a conceptual approach

    Hellwig, R. T., 2015, In : Building Research and Information. 43, 3, p. 302-315

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    31 Citations (Scopus)

    Prizes

  • Activities

    Member of the Committee of Workplaces (ASTA)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Consultant)

    20192022

    Activity: Public/private sector consultancy and other employmentPublic Sector Consultancy

    Frontiers in Built Environment Front. Built Environ. (Journal)

    Bin Yang (Editor), , Runa T. Hellwig (Editor), & Joon-Ho Choi (Editor)

    Sep 2019Dec 2020

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewJournal editorResearch

    16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Member)

    1 Nov 20205 Nov 2020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Chairman)

    13 Oct 202014 Oct 2020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    NSB 2020 Building Physics Conference (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Member)

    6 Sep 20209 Sep 2020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar