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Jean-Louis Scartezzini
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Jean-Louis Scartezzini in 2011
Born1957 (age 63–64)
🏳️ Nationality
🏳️ CitizenshipSwiss
💼 Occupation
🌐 Websitehttps://leso.epfl.ch/

Jean-Louis Scartezzini (born 1957 in Lausanne) is a Swiss building physicist specialized in day lighting and solar buildings. He is a professor of physics at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and the head of the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory.[1]


Scartezzini studied both physics at EPFL and geophysics at the University of Lausanne, and obtained his Masters's degrees in 1980 and 1981, respectively. As a PhD student he joined the Solar Energy Research Group of André P. Faist at EPFL, and in 1984 for a year the Colorado State University as a visiting scholar. He graduated from EPFL at the Department of Physics in 1986 with a PhD thesis on "Application of Stochastic Methods to the Analysis of Solar Energy Systems."[2][3][4]

Therafter, he joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a visiting scholar to work on daylighting and green lighting technologies, and air infiltration and ventilation.[5][6][7]

From 1990 to 1997, he was associate professor of building physics at the School of Architecture and the University Center for the Study of Energy Problems at the University of Geneva. In 1994, he was nominated associate professor of building physics at EPFL, director of the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory and co-director of Institute of Building Technology (ITB) at EPFL's Departement of Architecture. Upon his appointment as full professor at EPFL in 1999, he founded and headed the Institute of Infrastructures, Resources and Environment (ICARE) of the School of Environmental, Architectural and Civil Engineering (ENAC), as well as the Doctoral Program in Environment of EPFL .[8][9][10][11]


Scartezzini's research focuses in a interdisciplinary manner on energy efficiency and application of renewable energies in buildings and neighborhoods. His main working areas are dedicated to the integration of daylighting and electric lighting;[12][13] the application of nanotechnologies for solar energy harvesting;[14] the implementation of data mining, intelligence and simulation in urban districts;[15][16] the realisation of smart buildings and cities;[17][18] and the integration of renewable energies in buildings.[19]

Drawing on various scientific fields, Scartezzin's research facilities maintain a nanotechnological laboratory for solar energy conversion,[20] experimental testbeds, such as the LESO solar experimental building,[21] a daylighting and photo-biological laboratory,[22] and an urban climate monitoring station.[23] He is also involved in the development of computer modelling software for design, analyses and optimal control of buildings and cities.[16][24]

Scartezzini is author or co-author of several books related to daylighting and green lighting, such as Daylight Design of Buildings: a Handbook for Architects and Engineers;[25] Daylighting Design: A Source Book on Daylighting Systems and Components;[26] Lighting Principles; Office Lighting; Industrial Lighting; and Lighting of Commercial Buildings.



Scartezzini is the recipient of 2018 Nonimaging Optics Best Paper Award (San Diego/USA 2019) by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE),[27] 2017 Outstanding Paper Award at the International Conference on Advanced Electromaterials (ICAE),[28] 2015 Prix SIA Section vaudoise,[29] 2013 Solar Energy Best Paper Award,[30] the 2001/2002 European Solar Prize,[31] and the Welsh-Weston bronze medal of the Chartered Institution of Building and Service Engineers.[32]

He is a Valued Associate Editor at the journal Solar Energy (since 2008),[33] and an Honorary Member of the Swiss Solar Energy Society (since 1995).[34]


He has been a member of board of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research on Future Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts (2013-2020),[35] member of Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2018),[36] speaker of International Daylight Academy (since 2016),[37] member of WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Energy (2007-2008),[38] chairman of Research Commission of the Swiss Competence Centre for Energy and Mobility (2005-2014),[38] member of the energy committee of the Swiss Academy for Engineering Sciences (1999-2007), national liaison officer for Switzerland in the ISES Europe board of directors (1990-1995), president of the Swiss Solar Energy Society (1987-1995) and member of the Swiss Federal experts committee for Solar Energy Applications (1987-1998).


Scartezzini has been involved in the initiation of several start-up companies such as ShadeMe,[39] kaemco,[40] SwissINSO,[41][42] Solstis, Estia,[43] and E4tech Software.[44]


Scartezzini's research was featured in various media outlet such as The Daily Californian,[45] RTS,[46][47] Environment Magazine,[48] NZZ,[49] and Le Temps.[50]

Selected works[edit]

  • Page, J.; Robinson, D.; Morel, N.; Scartezzini, J.-L. (2008). "A generalised stochastic model for the simulation of occupant presence". Energy and Buildings. 40 (2): 83–98. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.01.018.
  • Coccolo, Silvia; Kämpf, Jérôme; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Pearlmutter, David (2016). "Outdoor human comfort and thermal stress: A comprehensive review on models and standards". Urban Climate. 18: 33–57. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2016.08.004.
  • Fritsch, R.; Kohler, A.; Nygård-Ferguson, M.; Scartezzini, J.-L. (1990). "A stochastic model of user behaviour regarding ventilation". Building and Environment. 25 (2): 173–181. doi:10.1016/0360-1323(90)90030-U.
  • Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Courret, Gilles (2002). "Anidolic daylighting systems". Solar Energy. 73 (2): 123–135. Bibcode:2002SoEn...73..123S. doi:10.1016/S0038-092X(02)00040-3.


  1. "Home Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  2. Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (1986). "Application des méthodes stochastiques à l'étude des systèmes de captage de l'énergie solaire". Infoscience. doi:10.5075/epfl-thesis-627.
  3. Scartezzini, J.-L.; Faist, A.; Liebling, Th. (December 1987). "Using Markovian stochastic modelling to predict energy performances and thermal comfort of passive solar systems". Energy and Buildings. 10 (2): 135–150. doi:10.1016/0378-7788(87)90015-6.
  4. Bottazzi, F.; Liebling, Th.M.; Scartezzini, J.-L.; Nygård-Ferguson, M. (January 1991). "On a Markovian approach for modeling passive solar devices". Energy and Buildings. 17 (2): 103–116. doi:10.1016/0378-7788(91)90003-L.
  5. "Jean-Louis Scartezzini". EPFL. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Michel, L.; Roecker, C.; Scartezzini, J-L. (1995-12-01). "Performance of a new scanning sky simulator". Lighting Research and Technology. 27 (4): 197–207. doi:10.1177/14771535950270040401. ISSN 1477-1535. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  7. Scartezzini, J-L.; Compagnon, R.; Reecker, C.; Michel, L. (1997-12-01). "Bidirectional photogoniometer for advanced glazing materials based on digital imaging techniques". Lighting Research and Technology. 29 (4): 197–205. doi:10.1177/14771535970290040201. ISSN 1477-1535. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  8. Perera, A. T. D.; Nik, Vahid M.; Chen, Deliang; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Hong, Tianzhen (February 2020). "Quantifying the impacts of climate change and extreme climate events on energy systems". Nature Energy. 5 (2): 150–159. Bibcode:2020NatEn...5..150P. doi:10.1038/s41560-020-0558-0. ISSN 2058-7546. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  9. Walch, Alina; Castello, Roberto; Mohajeri, Nahid; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (March 2020). "Big data mining for the estimation of hourly rooftop photovoltaic potential and its uncertainty". Applied Energy. 262: 114404. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114404.
  10. Maierova, L.; Borisuit, A.; Scartezzini, J.-L.; Jaeggi, S. M.; Schmidt, C.; Münch, M. (September 2016). "Diurnal variations of hormonal secretion, alertness and cognition in extreme chronotypes under different lighting conditions". Scientific Reports. 6 (1): 33591. Bibcode:2016NatSR...633591M. doi:10.1038/srep33591. ISSN 2045-2322. PMC 5028769. PMID 27646174.
  11. Paone, Antonio; Sanjines, Rosendo; Jeanneret, Patrick; Whitlow, Harry J.; Guibert, Edouard; Guibert, Geoffroy; Bussy, François; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Schüler, Andreas (February 2015). "Influence of doping in thermochromic V1−W O2 and V1−Al O2 thin films: Twice improved doping efficiency in V1−W O2". Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 621: 206–211. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2014.08.264.
  12. Baker, Nick; Steemers, Koen (2014-01-02). Daylight Design of Buildings. doi:10.4324/9781315073750. ISBN 9781315073750. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Courret, Gilles (August 2002). "Anidolic daylighting systems". Solar Energy. 73 (2): 123–135. Bibcode:2002SoEn...73..123S. doi:10.1016/S0038-092X(02)00040-3.
  14. Mohajeri, Nahid; Upadhyay, Govinda; Gudmundsson, Agust; Assouline, Dan; Kämpf, Jérôme; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (August 2016). "Effects of urban compactness on solar energy potential". Renewable Energy. 93: 469–482. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.02.053.
  15. Page, J.; Robinson, D.; Morel, N.; Scartezzini, J.-L. (January 2008). "A generalised stochastic model for the simulation of occupant presence". Energy and Buildings. 40 (2): 83–98. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.01.018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Assouline, Dan; Mohajeri, Nahid; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (2017-01-01). "Quantifying rooftop photovoltaic solar energy potential: A machine learning approach". Solar Energy. 141: 278–296. Bibcode:2017SoEn..141..278A. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2016.11.045. ISSN 0038-092X.
  17. Assouline, Dan; Mohajeri, Nahid; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (2018), Amini, M. Hadi; Boroojeni, Kianoosh G.; Iyengar, S.S.; Pardalos, Panos M., eds., "Estimation of Large-Scale Solar Rooftop PV Potential for Smart Grid Integration: A Methodological Review", Sustainable Interdependent Networks, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 145, pp. 173–219, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-74412-4_11, ISBN 978-3-319-74411-7, retrieved 2021-02-10
  18. (:Unav) (2013). "CISBAT 2013 Proceedings Vol. II - Cleantech for Smart Cities and Buildings". doi:10.5075/EPFL-INFOSCIENCE-190601.
  19. Walch, Alina; Mohajeri, Nahid; Gudmundsson, Agust; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis (March 2021). "Quantifying the technical geothermal potential from shallow borehole heat exchangers at regional scale". Renewable Energy. 165: 369–380. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2020.11.019.
  20. "Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Conversion". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  21. "Experimental Building". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  22. "Integrated Day and Electric Lighting". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  23. "Current research topics". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  24. "Urban data mining, intelligence and simulation". www.epfl.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  25. Baker, Nick (2002). Daylight design of buildings. Koen Steemers. London: James & James. ISBN 1-873936-88-5. OCLC 50446797. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  26. "Daylight in Buildings: A Source Book on Daylighting Systems and Components | Facades". facades.lbl.gov. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  27. Gong, Jing; Kostro, André; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Schüler, Andreas (2018-09-14). Yablonovitch, Eli; Winston, Roland, eds. "Feasibility study on a novel daylighting system with embedded micro compound parabolic concentrators (CPCs)". Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XV. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 10758: 1075807. Bibcode:2018SPIE10758E..07G. doi:10.1117/12.2320478. ISBN 9781510620872. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  28. Perera, A. T. D.; Coccolo, Silvia; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Mauree, Dasaraden (2018-07-15). "Quantifying the impact of urban climate by extending the boundaries of urban energy system modeling". Applied Energy. 222: 847–860. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.04.004. ISSN 0306-2619.
  29. "Projet De Master (PDM)". www.epfl.ch (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  30. Joly, Martin; Antonetti, Yannik; Python, Martin; Gonzalez, Marina; Gascou, Thomas; Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Schüler, Andreas (2013-08-01). "Novel black selective coating for tubular solar absorbers based on a sol–gel method". Solar Energy. 94: 233–239. Bibcode:2013SoEn...94..233J. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2013.05.009. ISSN 0038-092X.
  31. "Swiss Solar Pavilion at PV EXPO 2011" (PDF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  32. "Honorary Fellows and Medallists". CIBSE. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  33. Solar Energy. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  34. "Home". SSES (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  35. "Board | SCCER FEEB&D". 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  36. Smith, Barbara (2018-08-02). "Jean-Louis Scartezzini elected to Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences".
  37. "Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences - Energy Commission a+". 4dweb.proclim.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  38. 38.0 38.1 ORCID. "Jean-Louis Scartezzini (0000-0001-8892-2592)". orcid.org. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  39. "ShadeMe". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  40. Kämpf, Jérôme. "Publications". www.kaemco.ch. Retrieved 2021-02-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  41. "La plus grande façade solaire au monde". www.bulletin.ch (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  42. "SwissINSO". SwissINSO. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  43. "About Us". estia (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  44. "Partners". E4tech software. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  45. Staff, Nina Narahari | (2020-04-03). "Study shows energy systems can be impacted by climate change". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  46. "Le changement climatique bouleversera les systèmes énergétiques - Radio". Play RTS (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  47. "La moitié des toits suisses pourraient produire de l'électricité". rts.ch (in français). 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  48. "La nécessaire adaptation des énergies renouvelables au changement climatique". www.environnement-magazine.fr. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  49. "Jedes zweite Dach in der Schweiz wäre für Solaranlagen geeignet". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  50. "Avec Jean-Louis Scartezzini, les pionniers sont de retour". Le Temps (in français). 2010-02-17. ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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