Project Details


Transition to a low-carbon future calls for lowering energy demand and an increased use of intermittent energy sources, such as wind and solar power. Buildings account for roughly 40% of all energy use (for heating-cooling) and have, therefore, a prominent role in this transition. Buildings should, however, not be seen in isolation.

There are several reasons for considering buildings as part of the energy system. First, energy savings in buildings may be balanced by related energy systems’ initiatives; second, building technologies should be developed related to specific local infrastructures; and third the inclusion of buildings into the energy infrastructure may deliver flexibility services if buildings can be used to store energy as heating. Buildings can thus serve as distributed system generators, and improvements in building design can furthermore contribute substantially to energy savings.

To realize these potentials, technical developments within smart energy systems and buildings technologies are needed. However, if substantial advances are to be made, then these technological developments must be based on a greater understanding of the residents’ social practices, i.e. how they interact with and understand heating technologies and indoor comfort.

The integration of buildings into the energy infrastructure will impact building design, existing modes of heating/cooling, and affect relations between energy providers and buildings owners/residents.

Successful integration of residential buildings into the energy system to achieve energy savings and flexibility requires, therefore, new knowledge of the changing relationships between energy providers and households and of the roles different buildings technologies can play in this. This calls for interdisciplinary research involving social sciences to understand everyday household practices and the complex changes in energy infrastructure, humanistic research to understand the involved actors’ sense-making and communication patterns, and technical research and development in building technologies. The InterHUB project will be dedicated to providing this knowledge, and we will argue that the question of integrating buildings into the energy systems represents a very strong case for why interdisciplinary research is needed.
Short titleInterHUB
Effective start/end date01/04/201830/09/2021


  • 6 Conference presentations
  • 3 Conference organisation or participation
  • 1 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars
  • 1 Talks and presentations in private or public companies

Using data from smart energy meters to gain knowledge about building clusters connected to district heating networks: A Danish example

Hicham Johra (Lecturer)

6 Oct 20207 Oct 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics

Hicham Johra (Participant)

6 Sep 20209 Sep 2020

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

InterHUB Project Internal seminar

Hicham Johra (Participant)

4 May 20205 May 2020

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Research Output

  • 4 Article in proceeding
  • 1 Conference abstract for conference
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Conference article in Journal

Treatment and analysis of smart energy meter data from a cluster of buildings connected to district heating: A Danish case

Johra, H., Pereira, D. H. L. E., Heiselberg, P., Marszal-Pomianowska, A. & Tvedebrink, T., 2020, Proceedings of the 12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics : NSB 2020. Vol. 172.

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

Open Access
  • Building Energy Flexibility: A Sensitivity Analysis and Key Performance Indicator Comparison

    Johra, H., Marszal-Pomianowska, A., Ray Ellingsgaard, J. & Liu, M., Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalPosterResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 41 Downloads (Pure)

    Building Energy Flexibility: A Sensitivity Analysis and Key Performance Indicator Comparison

    Johra, H., Marszal-Pomianowska, A., Ray Ellingsgaard, J. & Liu, M., 2019, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Online). 1343, 1, 7 p., 012064.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article in JournalResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 67 Downloads (Pure)