TNO is the research organisation of applied sciences in the Netherlands with more than 3000 researchers and staff. At national, EU and international level, TNO has been very active in a large number of EU research projects for many years and involved in ETCP, ETPIS and EPBD Buildings Platform. As an independent organisation, TNO performs R&D for governments, the SME sector, large industrial companies, service providers, and non-governmental organisations.
TNO develops and implements innovative knowledge in 9 units, including ‘Buildings, Infrastructure and Maritime’, ‘Information & Communication Technology’ and ‘Energy’. TNO innovation is geared towards better design of construction, management, renovation and maintenance processes, as well as the use of sustainable materials. In innovation areas of energy, TNO is the leading actor in the development of technologies and methods that will enable an energy-producing built environment aligned with ‘2020’ and ‘2015’ goals by smart use of sustainable energy sources. At the district scale, TNO promotes intelligent energy networks (smart grids) and works towards the creation of reliable energy supplies to replace fossil fuels, particularly by increasing the share of sustainable decentralised energy generation, like solar and wind energy, green gas, biogas and syngas.
The physics team at TNO brings to the project its large experience and expertise in energy efficient buildings, indoor climate, HVAC systems, building physics, building modelling and simulation, building related control algorithms and monitoring, including knowledge on self-learning and artificial intelligence, big data analyses together with economic consequences. Through the current international and national projects TNO brings immense knowledge on retrofitting of dwellings and its effect on users, owners and designers of buildings together with state of the art knowledge on control, sustainable energy and HVAC.