Dr. Jarek Kurnitski, Vice-president REHVA, Professor at the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Jarek is professor of Energy Performance of Buildings and Indoor Climate at Tallinn University of Technology since January 2012. From 2009 to the end of 2012 Jarek is Senior Lead in the Energy Programme for SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund. This includes deep involvement in the work to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment and its part in Finland’s climate goals as well as the improvement of competitiveness and the development of national strategies and regulation. Throughout his career he has worked in academic research and many national and international committees and possesses extensive experience in indoor climate and energy performance of buildings, ventilation and air conditioning as well as building physics and building simulation.
Before joining SITRA Jarek led the Indoor Climate and Energy Performance research for more than ten years at Helsinki University of Technology, where he was adjunct professor from 2005–2010. This multidisciplinary research group successfully contributed to many EU-projects and he has actively participated in the working groups of European Standardisation Organisation CEN to develop European standards for the implementation of Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, in relation to indoor climate and ventilation.
Jarek is a REHVA (Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations) and SCANVAC (Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilation and Sanitary Engineering Associations) awarded scientist, and his list of publications includes about 300 items.
Jarek has been involved in CEN, WHO, CIB, ISIAQ and REHVA expert working groups preparing international evidence based guidelines, standards and textbooks for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. He is one of the developers of the well known Finnish Indoor Climate Classification, he developed the architecture of the energy performance frame for Estonian and Finnish energy performance regulations, and is currently chairing the REHVA Task Force on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings nZEB. As an acknowledgement of his emerging competence, he has been a member on sustainable development design competition juries and expert bodies, such as Helsinki Central Library, Low2No and Viikki Synergy in Helsinki.