To assist designers in their search for the right balance between human comfort, well-being and energy-efficiency in a given climate, new calculation methods and design support approaches are being developed at LIPID. We see development of fast building performance simulation (BPS) systems as an important step towards greater integration of quantitative performance evaluations in the design process. At the same time we have been keeping a close eye on uncertainties that plague energy performance evaluations carried out using BPS tools to make them robust and close the performance gap. Our work is enriched by active tool development and interface with design practitioners.

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Enhancing Algae Biomass Production by Using Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells as Filters

E. Damergi; P. Qin; S. Sharma; M. K. Nazeeruddin; C. Ludwig 

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2021-10-20. DOI : 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c03780.

Evaluating the suitability of regression-based emulators of building performance in practice: a test suite

P. Rastogi; M. E. Khan; M. Andersen 

Journal Of Building Performance Simulation. 2021-09-14. DOI : 10.1080/19401493.2021.1969430.


Calcium-triggered fusion of lipid membranes is enabled by amphiphilic nanoparticles

M. A. Tahir; Z. P. Guven; L. R. Arriaga; B. Tinao; Y-S. S. Yang et al. 

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America. 2020-08-04. Vol. 117, num. 31, p. 18470-18476. DOI : 10.1073/pnas.1902597117.

A multi-domain data collection strategy for capturing relationships between occupant behaviour, comfort, indoor environment, and energy use in office

V. M. Barthelmes; C. Karmann; D. Licina; M. Andersen; D. Khovalyg 

2020-04-16. 11th Windsor Conference 2020 – Resilient Comfort in a Heating World, Windsor, United Kingdom, April 16-19, 2020. p. 309-322.

The role of xanthophylls in the supramolecular organization of the photosynthetic complex LHCII in lipid membranes studied by high-resolution imaging and nanospectroscopy

J. Zhou; S. Sekatskii; R. Welc; G. Dietler; W. I. Gruszecki 

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics. 2020-02-01. Vol. 1861, num. 2, p. 148117. DOI : 10.1016/j.bbabio.2019.148117.


N-acetylaspartate availability is essential for juvenile survival on fat-free diet and determines metabolic health

D. C. Hofer; G. Zirkovits; H. J. Pelzmann; K. Huber; A. R. Pessentheiner et al. 

Faseb Journal. 2019-12-01. Vol. 33, num. 12, p. 13808-13824. DOI : 10.1096/fj.201801323R.

Genistein increases the thermogenic program of subcutaneous WAT and increases energy expenditure in mice

B. Palacios-Gonzalez; A. Vargas-Castillo; L. Alejandra Velazquez-Villegas; S. Vasquez-Reyes; P. Lopez et al. 

Journal Of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2019-06-01. Vol. 68, p. 59-68. DOI : 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2019.03.012.

The Exchangeable Apolipoprotein Nplp2 Sustains Lipid Flow and Heat Acclimation in Drosophila

S. Rommelaere; J-P. Boquete; J. Piton; S. Kondo; B. Lemaitre 

Cell Reports. 2019-04-16. Vol. 27, num. 3, p. 886-+. DOI : 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.03.074.

Biomembrane modeling with isogeometric analysis

A. Bartezzaghi; L. Dede; A. Quarteroni 

Computer Methods In Applied Mechanics And Engineering. 2019-04-15. Vol. 347, p. 103-119. DOI : 10.1016/j.cma.2018.12.025.

Building energy certification versus user satisfaction with the indoor environment: Findings from a multi-site post-occupancy evaluation (POE) in Switzerland

L. Pastore; M. Andersen 

Building and Environment. 2019-01-07. Vol. 150, p. 60-74. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.01.001.

Mechanistic insights into AMP-activated protein kinase-dependent gene expression

C. Collodet / P. Descombes; B. Deplancke (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 

Urban planning support based on the photovoltaic potential of buildings: a multi-scenario ranking system

G. Peronato / M. Andersen; E. Rey (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 


An integrative approach for embodied energy: Towards an LCA-based data-driven design method

T. Jusselme; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2018-02-27. Vol. 88, p. 123-132. DOI : 10.1016/j.rser.2018.02.036.


MATHICSE Technical Report : Biomembrane modeling with Isogeometric Analysis

A. Bartezzaghi; L. Dede’; A. Quarteroni 


Robustesse de l’évaluation du potentiel solaire de formes urbaines différenciées

G. Peronato; P. Rastogi; M. Andersen 

Suburban polarity; Lausannes: Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes (PPUR), 2017. p. 141-150.

Sensitivity analysis of visual and thermal parameters for energy savings: combining illuminance and temperature set-points for possible trade-offs

G. Chinazzo; M. Plourde; J. Pereira; J. Wienold; M. Andersen 

2017. Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco, California, USA, August 7-9 2017.

Assessing the viability of BIPV installations in building energy retrofitting projects

M. I. Gaillet-Tournier; M. Desmarescaux 


Life-cycle analysis of renovation projects with Building‐Integrated Photovoltaics: Influence of energy use scenarios

S. Aguacil Moreno 

IDEAS Lunch | LAST – LIPID |Integrated Design, Architecture and Sustainability, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 28-6-2017.

Exploring the influence of contemporary facade design on occupant satisfaction: a preliminary study in office buildings

L. Pastore; M. Andersen 

2017. PLEA 2017 Edinburgh – Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, July 3-5, 2017.

Energy performance analysis in interdisciplinary education – Lessons learned from a simulation-based teaching approach

É. Nault; S. Aguacil Moreno; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2017. PLEA 2017 Edinburgh – Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, UK, July 3-5, 2017.

Smart Living Building Research Program – Executive Summary

T. Jusselme; A. Brambilla; V. Costa Grisel; S. Cozza; E. Hoxha et al. 


The effects of vegetation on indoor thermal comfort: the application of a multi-scale simulation methodology on a residential neighborhood renovation case study

L. Pastore; R. Corrao; P. Kvols Heiselberg 

Energy and Buildings. 2017. Vol. 146, p. 1-11. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.04.022.

Novel manufacturing methods for optical antennas

V. Flauraud / J. Brugger (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

ACTIVE INTERFACES. From 3D geodata to BIPV yield estimation: towards an urban-scale simulation workflow

G. Peronato 

15. Nationale Photovoltaik-Tagung 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 23-24, 2017.

Predictive models for assessing the passive solar and daylight potential of neighborhood designs: A comparative proof-of-concept study

É. Nault; P. Moonen; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

Building and Environment. 2017. Vol. 116, p. 1-16. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.01.018.


Sensitivity Analyis of Visual and Thermal Parameters for Energy Savings: systems variation

M. Plourde 


Sensitivity analysis of visual and thermal parameters for energy savings: climatic variations

J. Pereira 


Design of a light confining concentrator for a solar photochemical reactor and upper bound to the method

B. Karamata; M. Andersen 

2016. Conference on Nonimaging Optics – Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XIII -Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Nonimaging Optics, San Diego, CA, AUG 28-29, 2016. p. 99550A. DOI : 10.1117/12.2238313.

Photovoltaics integration in the Solar Decathlon pavilion : Assessing the implication of transparent BIPV with DSC technology on the indoor comfort and energy performance

H. Y. C. Monari; G. Rueff 


Assessing the bioclimatic features of historic architecture in contemporary cities

H. Y. C. Monari; G. Rueff 


On the sensitivity of buildings to climate

P. Rastogi / M. Andersen (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2016. 

Solar potential in early neighborhood design

É. Nault / M. Andersen; E. Rey (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2016. 

3D-modeling of vegetation from LiDAR point clouds and assessment of its impact on façade solar irradiation

G. Peronato; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2016. 11th 3D Geoinfo Conference, Athens, October 20-21, 2016. p. 67-70. DOI : 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W2-67-2016.

A Multi-Criteria Decision-Support Workflow for Early-Stage Neighborhood Design based on Predicted Solar Performance

É. Nault; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2016. PLEA – 32nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, USA, July 11-13, 2016.

Urban planning and solar potential: Assessing users’ interaction with a novel decision-support workflow for early-stage design

É. Nault; L. Pastore; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2016. Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), Zurich, Switzerland, June 13-17.

Assessing the impact of contemporary urbanization on bioclimatic features of historic architecture through a two-step simulation process

L. Pastore; P. Rastogi; S. F. Rockcastle; H. Y. C. Monari; G. Rueff et al. 

2016. Passive and Low-Energy Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 11-13, 2016.

Incorporating Climate Change Predictions in the Analysis of Weather-based Uncertainty

P. Rastogi; M. Andersen 

2016. ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 — Building Performance Modeling Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, August 8-12, 2016.

Sensitivity of calculated solar irradiation to the level of detail: insights from the simulation of four sample buildings in urban areas

G. Peronato; S. Bonjour; J. Stoeckli; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2016. PLEA2016 Los Angeles – Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 11-13, 2016.

Energy scenarios in urban renewal processes: a GIS-based approach to analyse the urban-scale installation of photovoltaics. Case study of two neighborhoods in Neuchâtel

Z. Shafi Zadeh 


Studying the Dynamic Relationship between Energy Supply Carbon Content and Building Energy Demand

D. Vuarnoz; T. Jusselme; S. Cozza; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2016. PLEA 2016 Los Angeles – 36th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 11-13, 2016.


Occupants’ behaviour in energy simulation tools: lessons from a field monitoring campaign regarding lighting and shading control

P. C. Da Silva; V. Leal; M. Andersen 

Journal of Building Performance Simulation. 2015. Vol. 8, num. 5, p. 338-358. DOI : 10.1080/19401493.2014.953583.

Structural insights on cholesterol endosynthesis: Binding of squalene and 2,3-oxidosqualene to supernatant protein factor

M. Christen; M. J. Marcaida; C. Lamprakis; W. Aeschimann; J. Vaithilingam et al. 

Journal Of Structural Biology. 2015. Vol. 190, num. 3, p. 261-270. DOI : 10.1016/j.jsb.2015.05.001.

The sensitivity of predicted energy use to urban geometrical factors in various climates

É. Nault; P. Rastogi; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2015. Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Bologna, Italy, September 9-11, 2015.

Robustness Assessment Methodology for the Evaluation of Building Performance with a view to Climate Uncertainties

G. Chinazzo; P. Rastogi; M. Andersen 

2015. 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Hyderabad, December 2015.

Sampling of building surfaces towards an early assessment of BIPV potential in urban contexts

G. Peronato; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

2015. 31st International PLEA Conference, Bologna, Italy, September 9-11, 2015.

Performance of the Glass Block in Photovoltaic Generation

F. Viola; P. Romano; R. Miceli; E. Riva Sanseverino; G. Perrone et al. 

2015. Tenth International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies (EVER), Monte-Carlo, Monaco, March 31 – April 2, 2015. DOI : 10.1109/EVER.2015.7113008.

Assessing robustness regarding weather uncertainties for energy-efficiency-driven building refurbishments

G. Chinazzo; P. Rastogi; M. Andersen 

2015. 6th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2015), Torino, Italy, 14-17 June. p. 931-936. DOI : 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.021.

Review and critical analysis of early-design phase evaluation metrics for the solar potential of neighborhood designs

É. Nault; G. Peronato; E. Rey; M. Andersen 

Building and Environment. 2015. Vol. 92, p. 679-691. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.05.012.


Stationary solar concentrator delivering beyond the étendue law with homogeneous illumination

B. Karamata; M. Andersen 

2014. Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR) in Light, Energy and the Environment Congress, Canberra, Australia, December 2-5, 2014.

Built density, solar potential and daylighting : application of parametric studies and performance simulation tools in urban design

G. Peronato 


The Efficacy of Raf Kinase Recruitment to the GTPase H-ras Depends on H-ras Membrane Conformer-specific Nanoclustering

C. Guzman; M. Solman; A. Ligabue; O. Blazevits; D. M. Andrade et al. 

Journal Of Biological Chemistry. 2014. Vol. 289, num. 14, p. 9519-9533. DOI : 10.1074/jbc.M113.537001.


Human Response in Daylit Spaces

M. Andersen; M. Sarey Khanie; M. L. Ámundadóttir; S. F. Rockcastle 

Colour, emotion and well-being, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 21, 2013.

Tool for Design Decision Making: Zero Energy Residential Buildings in Hot Humid Climate

S. Attia; E. Gratia; A. De Herde; J. Hensen 

2013. BS2013: 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambery, France, August 26-30, 2013.

Application of the Cradle to Cradle paradigm to a housing unit in Switzerland: Findings from a prototype design

S. Attia; J. F. Beney; M. Andersen 

2013. PLEA 2013 – 29th Conference on Passive-Low Energy Architecture conference – Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany, September 10-12, 2013.

Computational Optimisation for Zero Energy Buildings Design Interviews results with twenty eight International expert

S. Attia; M. Hamdy; W. O’Brien; S. Carlucci 

2013. BS2013 – 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambery, France, August 26-30, 2013.

Toward Assessing the Sensitivity of Buildings to Changes in Climate

P. Rastogi; S. F. Horn; M. Andersen 

2013. PLEA 2013: 29th Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference, Munich, Germany, 10-12 September, 2013.

Assessing Gaps and Needs for Integrating Building Performance Optimization Tools in Net Zero Energy Buildings Design

S. Attia; M. Hamdy; W. O’Brien; S. Carlucci 

Energy and Buildings. 2013. Vol. 60, p. 110-124. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.01.016.


Mitochondrial sirtuins and metabolic homeostasis

E. Pirinen; G. Lo Sasso; J. Auwerx 

Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism. 2012. Vol. 26, num. 6, p. 759-70. DOI : 10.1016/j.beem.2012.05.001.

The Lipopolysaccharide from Capnocytophaga canimorsus Reveals an Unexpected Role of the Core-Oligosaccharide in MD-2 Binding

S. Ittig; B. Lindner; M. Stenta; P. Manfredi; E. Zdorovenko et al. 

PLoS Pathogens. 2012. Vol. 8, num. 5, p. e1002667. DOI : 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002667.

Influence of shading control patterns on the energy assessment of office spaces

P. Correia Da Silva; V. Leal; M. Andersen 

Energy and Buildings. 2012. Vol. 50, p. 35-48. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.03.019.


Melittin Adsorption and Lipid Monolayer Disruption at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces

M. A. Mendez; Z. Nazemi; I. Uyanik; Y. Lu; H. H. Girault 

Langmuir. 2011. Vol. 27, num. 22, p. 13918-13924. DOI : 10.1021/la202970g.

The bile acid membrane receptor TGR5 as an emerging target in metabolism and inflammation

T. W. H. Pols; L. G. Noriega; M. Nomura; J. Auwerx; K. Schoonjans 

Journal of hepatology. 2011. Vol. 54, num. 6, p. 1263-1272. DOI : 10.1016/j.jhep.2010.12.004.

NCoR1 Is a Conserved Physiological Modulator of Muscle Mass and Oxidative Function

H. Yamamoto; E. G. Williams; L. Mouchiroud; C. Canto Alvarez; W. Fan et al. 

Cell. 2011. Vol. 147, num. 4, p. 827-839. DOI : 10.1016/j.cell.2011.10.017.

A comprehensive method to determine performance metrics for complex fenestration systems

S. Dave; M. Andersen 

2011. PLEA 2011 – Architecture and Sustainable Development, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, July 13-15, 2011.


Photoelectrochemical complexes for solar energy conversion that chemically and autonomously regenerate

M-H. Ham; J. H. Choi; A. A. Boghossian; E. S. Jeng; R. A. Graff et al. 

Nature Chemistry. 2010. Vol. 2, p. 929-936. DOI : 10.1038/nchem.822.

Using Digital Imaging to Assess Spectral Solar-Optical Properties of Complex Fenestration Materials: A New Approach in Video-Goniophotometry

M. Andersen; E. Stokes; N. Gayeski; C. Browne 

Solar Energy. 2010. Vol. 84, num. 4, p. 549-562. DOI : 10.1016/j.solener.2009.02.005.

Interdependence of AMPK and SIRT1 for Metabolic Adaptation to Fasting and Exercise in Skeletal Muscle

C. Cantó; L. Q. Jiang; A. S. Deshmukh; C. Mataki; A. Coste et al. 

Cell Metabolism. 2010. Vol. 11, num. 3, p. 213-219. DOI : 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.02.006.


Sustainability through Light: A Contemporary Approach to Articulate Design and Technology

R. Urbano-Gutiérrez; M. Andersen 

2009. Lux Europa 2009 – 11th European Lighting Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, September 9-11, 2009.

Location, Tilt, and Binding: A Molecular Dynamics Study of Voltage-Sensitive Dyes in Biomembranes

M. J. Hinner; S-J. Marrink; A. H. de Vries 

Journal Of Physical Chemistry B. 2009. Vol. 113, p. 15807-15819. DOI : 10.1021/jp907981y.

PGC-1alpha, SIRT1 and AMPK, an energy sensing network that controls energy expenditure

C. Cantó; J. Auwerx 

Current opinion in lipidology. 2009. Vol. 20, num. 2, p. 98-105. DOI : 10.1097/MOL.0b013e328328d0a4.


Application of the Lightsolve methodology for the pre-design of the new Belgian VELUX headquarters

M. Bodart; C. Cauwerts; M. Andersen 

2008. Building Physics Symposium, Leuven, Belgium, Oct 29-31, 2008.

D-LITE: a new perspective for searching and selecting light-control technologies as a designer

R. Urbano Gutiérrez; M. Andersen 

2008. PLEA 2008 conference, Dublin, Oct 22-24, 2008.

Informing daylighting design with the Lightsolve approach: why and how

M. Andersen; S. Kleindienst; L. Yi; J. Lee; M. Bodart et al. 

2008. PLEA 2008 – 25th Passive and Low Energy Architecture International Conference, Dublin, October 22-24, 2008.

An intuitive daylighting performance analysis and optimization approach

M. Andersen; S. Kleindienst; L. Yi; J. Lee; M. Bodart et al. 

Building Research And Information. 2008. Vol. 36, num. 6, p. 593-607. DOI : 10.1080/09613210802243159.


Evaluation of energy homeostasis

C. Argmann; M-A. Champy; J. Auwerx 

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology; Wiley, 2006. p. 29B.1.


Light distribution through advanced fenestration systems

M. Andersen 

Building Research & Information. 2002. Vol. 30, num. 4, p. 264-281. DOI : 10.1080/09613210210132937.


Experimental assessment of bi-directional transmission distribution functions using digital imaging techniques

M. Andersen; L. Michel; C. Roecker; J-L. Scartezzini 

Energy & Buildings. 2001. Vol. 33, num. 5, p. 417-431. DOI : 10.1016/S0378-7788(00)00103-1.


Role of acidic lipids in the translocation and channel activity of colicins A and N in Escherichia coli cells

F. G. van der Goot; N. Didat; F. Pattus; W. Dowhan; L. Letellier 

European Journal of Biochemistry. 1993. Vol. 213, num. 1, p. 217-21. DOI : 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1993.tb17751.x.

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