Niko Gentile

Senior lecturer

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My work is mainly focused in the field of lighting and daylighting. I mix technical and observed-based evaluations, blending my background in building physics with principles and methods from the domains of environmental psychology and architecture. I also look at daylighting and lighting systems in a whole-life cycle approach, to better understand the environmental impact of solutions.

My current research focuses mainly on two topics: 1) the role of user in driving energy saving for integrated daylighting and electric lighting solutions, targeting mainly at the role of controls, 2) early design methods and tools in urban planning to guarantee adequate solar access.

I am also particularly interested in pedagogy and innovative teaching methods. Beside the development of traditional courses at LTH, I am part of NLITED, a modular need-based online course in daylighting of buildings for traditional students and lifelong learners, and I co-authored the book "Daylighting and lighting under a nordic sky".

I participated in the International Energy Agency (IEA) SHC Task 50 and I lead Subtask D of IEA SHC Task 61 / EBC Annex 77 together with Prof Werner Osterhaus, Aarhus University. I lead Subtask D "Applications and case studies" of the newly approved IEA SHC Task 70 (coordinated with IEA EBC) "Low Carbon, High Comfort Integrated Lighting".


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Applied Psychology

Free keywords

  • lighting
  • lighting controls
  • energy efficiency
  • circadian rhythm
  • energy saving
  • daylighting
  • light


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