Last Name
Kristina Orehounig
First Name
Professional expertise
Head Urban Energy Systems Laboratory; Building and Urban energy modelling, Energy system optimization, sustainable concepts in building design and operation
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Kristina Orehounig is head of the Laboratory of Urban Energy Systems at Empa and co-leading the group of Multi-Energy Systems within the lab. She is also lecturing at the department of Architecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.  

Her research interests include the development of sustainable concepts in building design and operation, the integration of renewable energy systems, and the simulation and optimization of buildings and urban energy systems. Together with her team, she is developing modelling strategies in relation to multi-energy systems starting from the building to the district up to higher scales. Besides being active in a number of national and international research projects, she currently leads the work package on multi-energy systems in the Swiss Competence Center of Energy Research (SCCER) FEEB&D. She is an active member of the International building performance simulation association (IBPSA) and the Swiss society of engineers and architects (SIA).

She received her PhD degree from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria.


Teaching activities

Lecturer in the master's course "Whole building simulation" ETH Zurich

Lecturer in the bachelor course "Building Physics III: Building Energy Demand and Urban Physics" ETH Zurich

Previous positions:

2012-2018            Scientist at the Chair of Building Physics, ETH Zurich

2012                      Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

2007-2011           University Assistant at the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


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