Julien S. Bourrelle

Institutt for byggekunst, historie og teknologi, Fakultet for arkitektur og billedkunst (AB)

Julien BourelleBackground
Julien was born in 1982 in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University (Canada) in 2006 with stays abroad at The University of Western Australia (Australia) in 2004 and at The University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2005. Julien also owns a double M.Sc. in Astronautical engineering (2008) from the Technische Universität München (Germany) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and converse in both Norwegian and German.

PhD Research
Julien S. Bourrelle is Research Fellow at The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (Norway) and PhD Candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His current research focuses on energy calculation methodologies for Zero Emission Buildings (ZEBs) and the study of associated flows and boundaries. He has been a regular participant to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 40 Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings (www.iea-shc.org/task40) since 2009. Julien also represents PhD candidates at both the research committee and PhD committee of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts.

PhD Research Background
The global community aims to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, notably by a reduction in energy consumption in buildings. The development of Zero Emission Buildings (ZEBs) is a promising solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. However, this type of building currently lacks a common definition, or even a common understanding.

Under the umbrella of The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings, this project aims to set up the basis for defining an energy and emission calculation methodology for zero emission buildings in Norway. The different flows of energy and the possible boundaries associated with energy calculation are being investigated with a focus on compliance rather than design. Also, the analysis tackles the environmental, economic and social implications of the different variables to be included into such calculations.
A robust energy and emission calculation methodology will insure that incentives provided to the industry by policymakers will result in the development of buildings which truly will contribute to the long term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions urged by the scientific community.

Personal Motivation for the Research
Developing habitats for astronauts and studying the environmental impact of the exploration of outer space was exiting and full of challenges. It however lacked concreteness and broad implications for the society. In this world increasingly complex and requiring multidisciplinary approaches to adequately solve problems, it appeared interesting to apply rocket science to the design of sustainable buildings! A leading woman, an open-minded faculty and a wonderful country brought me here. 

Future Goals and Aspirations
I could easily see myself leading sustainable research or as a decision maker in the field, but a simple life in some remote corners of Norway living in a sustainable house, harvesting local resources, is also an option I could consider.