Professor Arne Elmroth, eceee panel leader and passionate sustainable buildings expert, passes

(eceee news, 21 Jan 2020) We are sad to learn that professor Arne Elmroth, 82, has passed following a period of illness. Arne Elmroth was an eceee Summer Study buildings panel leader and enthusiastic Summer Study participant.

Arne received his degree at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he also initiated several research projects. He later took up the position as professor of buildings physics at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in southern Sweden.

In Lund, he continued his research on buildings energy efficiency with many phD students. He was part of many international networks. He also served for many years as chair of ISO/TC 163 Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment.

After having retired, Arne rather stepped up his work in the areas that was most dear to him: various aspects of sustainable building. He was instrumental in changing the Swedish building energy codes from requirements on specific components to functional requirements. He was also very active as expert in BeBo, a group of public and private housing companies that jointly works to develop better technologies in their role as specifiers and large buyers of equipment. In particular, Arne was instrumental in the creation of a National Swedish Centre for Building Renovation, at Lund University.

After his retirement, Arne also dived into the role as Summer Study panel leader, a task he took very seriously. Many authors saw their papers came out clearer and sharper after his meticulous – and always friendly – reviews. As a panel leader, he shared his enthusiasm with authors and conference participants.

The Swedish and international energy community has lost an inspirational and kind person with deep knowledge and profound insights. Arne’s family has lost a friendly and loving father and partner. We send our deepest condolences to his family.