SINTEF, ‘The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research’, was established in 1950 and is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. Approximately 2000 employees within the SINTEF group generate knowledge and solutions for customers in the following fields: Health, information and communications technology, marine activities, materials science and applied chemistry, petroleum and energy, technology management and building and construction. SINTEF performs R&D for EU and international programs, government and non-governmental organizations, service providers, large industrial companies and SME’s.

Main roles in PROFICIENT

Liaison role in case studies in Norway and collaboration with other EU projects. Benchmarking of passive house and active solutions, development of prototypes of new technology solutions. Deployment of expertise in energy systems, structural systems, concurrent design, residential building typology and performance-based specifications. Participant in the development of assessment tools related to standards of sustainability.

Key persons involved

Dr. Inger Andresen is Chief Scientist at SINTEF with more than 20 years of experience from R&D in energy efficient buildings. She holds a Ph.D. in Integrated Energy Design from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a M.Sc. in Building Energy Systems from University of Colorado. Her research spans from the development of energy efficient building envelopes and design processes, to renewable energy systems. In addition, she is a part time professor at the Faculty of Architecture at NTNU, teaching courses on low/zero/plus energy buildings, and supervising several PhD students within the research centre for Zero Emission Buildings ( She also has experience from the construction industry, having worked as an environmental advisor for Skanska and as environmental manager for LINK architects. She has been involved in several international research projects within the International Energy Agency and the EU framework programmes.

Prof. Tore Haavaldsen has a Ph.D. in Civil/Architectural Engineering, M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and is a full professor at the Institute for Building, Construction and Transportation, NTNU. He has extensive experience with training of civil engineering students in the fields of architectural engineering, building design, construction planning, building materials and detailing at undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. He has 40 years in the field of planning, coordination and evaluation of international development projects and is presently on the board of the Concept Programme of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. He has also worked as a Senior Research Engineer on thermal energy savings, energy efficient building designs and calculation models for the Norwegian Building Research Institute.

Matthias Haase (B.Sc, Dipl.-Ing, M.Eng, PhD) is associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 2010. He is an experiences engineer with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (BSc and Dipl.-Ing.) and Sustainable resource management (MEng) and Architecture (PhD) from Germany, England and Hong Kong. He worked for seven years as a façade and daylight consultant in Switzerland and Germany with projects for Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Norman Foster and Partners. His main scientific interest is integrated energy design, which he also teaches in the Master course on Sustainable Architecture, with more than 100 journal and conference paper publications in the areas of energy conservation and the use of solar energy mainly in commercial buildings. He is working part-time at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure where he is project leader of LECO – Low energy commercial buildings and involved in other research projects like CAB – Climate adapted buildings and ZEB – the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research on Zero Emission Buildings. Matthias has also 10 years experience in international research collaboration (CIB, IEA SHC, IEA ECBCS, EU FP6 and FP7).