Prof. Gregor P. Henze, Ph.D., P.E.


I am a professor of architectural engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. At the undergraduate level, the architectural engineering programs aims at educating engineers to design high-performance commercial buildings such as offices, schools, hospitals, and industrial facilities. At the graduate level, our building systems engineering program investigates emerging trends and issues revolving around low-energy high performance building design concepts, renewable energy solutions applied to buildings, and novel approaches to building control and performance analysis.

My teaching focuses on the building energy systems side of architectural engineering, i.e., thermal environmental engineering, building mechanical systems design, building control and automation systems, data science for building engineering applications, and sustainable building design.

My research emphasizes model-based predictive optimal control and model-free reinforcement learning control of building energy systems and building thermal mass, model-based benchmarking of building operational performance, whole-building fault detection and diagnosis, control strategies for mixed-mode buildings that incorporate both natural and mechanical ventilation, uncertainty quantification of occupant behavior and its impact, energy analytics and decision analysis as well as the integration of building energy system operations with the electric grid system.

I am a professional mechanical engineer, certified high-performance building design professional (HBDP), member of ASHRAE, editorial board member for Journal Building Peformance Simulation, associate editor for ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, associate editor for ASME’s Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, joint professor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute.

Welcome! Willkommen! Bienvenidos!

In the United States and Central Europe, commercial and residential buildings are responsible for about 40% of the primary energy consumption.

My professional raison d'être is to make buildings more energy efficient, sustainable, and simply more responsive to the fact that material and energy resources are scarce, all while performing at a higher level wth respect to creature comfort and productivity.

It can be done!