Elisa Van Kenhove

Category: Scientific Staff IWT
Phone: +32 (0)9 264 37 42


Elisa Van Kenhove (°1991) graduated as a ‘Master of Science in Engineering: Architecture (Architectural Design and Construction Techniques)’ (UGent, 2014, magna cum laude) with a master thesis on the optimization of GEOTABS office buildings.

Since 2014, she has been working as a researcher at the Building Physics, Construction and Climate Control research group of Ghent University, mainly on technical installations in buildings, energy use in dwellings and renovation of heritage buildings. She also conducts educational tasks.

In 2014 (started January 1st 2015), she received a PhD-fellowship from the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) on the subject ‘Coupled thermodynamic and biologic modeling of Legionella Pneumophila proliferation in domestic hot water systems’. This PhD aims to develop a simulation model that allows to investigate the infection risk for Legionella Pneumophila in the design phase of a DHW system and to test the effectiveness of disinfection techniques on an infected system. With that model, DHW system configurations that now dominate the market and alternatives proposed to lower the energy demand will be assessed to come to new ‘best practice’ guidelines.