Executive Committee Members

Prof. Matthias Sulzer, Empa, Head SCCER FEEB&D

Matthias Sulzer studied building engineering at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and completed his master’s degree at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney in 1999. From 2003 to 2017, he was lecturer and professor for Energy and Building Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. Matthias Sulzer founded Inretis Holding AG with three partners in 2005, which today employs around 650 people in the area of energy & building technology throughout Switzerland. In early 2017, he joined Empa and took over the management of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER-FEEBD). With lectureships at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, he conveys his knowledge and research findings to students.

Prof. Dr. Martin Patel, UNIGE, Deputy Head SCCER FEEB&D

Dr. Martin K. Patel is full professor at the University of Geneva where he holds the Chair for Energy Efficiency since September 2013. His research deals with energy savings and emission reduction in industry, the built environment and at the interface between energy supply and energy demand. This includes the environmental and the economic assessment of technologies, processes, products and services as well as the evaluation of policy programmes. Next to energy efficiency, bio-based products represent a particular focal area of his work. The research methods applied include techno-economic modelling (simulation), Life Cycle Assessment, economic assessment (micro & macro) and policy analysis.

Prof. Dr. Ludger Fischer, HSLU, Deputy Head SCCER FEEB&D

Prof. Dr. Ludger Josef Fischer graduated in Mechanical and Process Engineering at RWTH Aachen. After his PhD at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) he joined the Company Kühni AG in Switzerland as head of R&D and later head of sales. He signed responsible for the company Ekato Unimix as managing director and had several leading positions within the AC Serendip group in Switzerland, Germany and China.

During his industrial career Dr. Fischer invented several new technologies and processes within the field of thermal separation, mixing and dispersing, medical devices and nanotechnology. In combination with his inventions several patents were granted. Since 2014 he is working as full-time lecturer within the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Energy (IME), within the Competence Center for Thermal Energy Storage (TES).

Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Scartezzini, EPFL, Leader WP1

Jean-Louis Scartezzini is director of the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB) of the EPFL and Professor in Building Physics. His scientific research is dedicated to sustainability in the built environment, with a special focus on advanced daylighting systems and green lighting. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and member of several federal commissions and international work groups as well as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal and the International Journal of Building Physics.

Dr. Kristina Orehounig, Empa, Leader WP2

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 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).

Dr. Jonathan Chambers, UNIGE, Leader WP3

Jonathan Chambers is a senior scientist at the Chair for Energy efficiency within the Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) of the University of Geneva. He is a data scientist focused on energy efficiency in buildings and districts, with particular focus on domestic building thermal efficiency. His research interests focus on the integration of analytic methods from different disciplines including thermal physics, statistics, geospatial sciences, and network theory applied to big-data driven simulation and inference methods for energy datasets. He has an interest in software for open and reproducible science, and is responsible for the research IT system for the efficiency group. He completed his Ph.D. in Energy and the Built Environment at the Energy Institute of the University College London, supported by EDF Energy R&D UK. This research developed a data-driven method for the thermal characterisation of dwellings, scalable to large smart-meter datasets in the United Kingdom. Jonathan holds an M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich, and a B.Sc. in Physics with Philosophy from Durham University (UK).

Dr. Christof Knoeri, ETHZ, Leader WP4

Christof Knoeri is a senior researcher in the Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics of ETH Zurich. He holds a PhD in Geography from University of Zurich in the area of sustainable construction management and an MSc in Environmental Science from ETH Zurich. He is currently a work package leader in SCCER FEEB&D and has been involved in various national and international research projects. In his research he studies the complex interplay or co-evolution of technologies, business strategies, user practices, ecosystems, and institutional settings. A focus is on how emerging technologies contribute to sustainable transitions in socio-technical systems. He works with a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods with a particular focus on socio-technical modelling techniques such as agent-based modelling. In his recent research he addressed the adoption of new technologies and value propositions in the built environment and energy sector.

Dr. Luca Baldini, Empa, Leader WP5


Prof. Dr. Roy Smith, ETHZ, Leader WP6

Roy S. Smith  joined the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011, where he is currently a Professor.  He has been a long-time Consultant with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has industrial experience in automotive control and power system design.  His research is focused on the modeling, identification, and control of uncertain systems primarily using optimisation-based methods.  Particular control application domains of interest include chemical processes, flexible structure vibration, cooperative spacecraft and vehicle formations, aerodynamic control of kites, automotive engines, Mars aeromanoeuvring entry design, energy management in buildings, and thermoacoustic machines.  Prof. Smith is also an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the SIAM, AACZ, and NZAC.