Costa Kapsis

Costa Kapsis
Assistant Professor
Location: CPH 3666
Phone: 519-888-4567 x46661


Costa Kapsis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Costa’s research lies at the interface between science, engineering and architectural design with an emphasis on energy in buildings and communities. His research is focused on questions of energy efficiency, solar energy generation and energy transaction in the built environment. These research efforts aim towards the evolution of (i) building envelope technologies, (ii) climate-resilient cities and communities and (iii) energy integration between the building and transportation sectors.

Costa serves as an associate editor of the Architectural Engineering journal, chair or ASHRAE TC 6.7 on Solar Energy and other Renewables, and co-leader of the IEA PVPS Task 15 Subtask C on the development of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technical guidelines.

Research Interests

  • Solar energy
  • Climate-resilient buildings and communities
  • Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and other advanced envelope technologies
  • Electrification and decarbonization of the building sector
  • Distributed energy resources (DER)
  • Demand response (DR)
  • Occupancy behaviour
  • Co-simulations
  • Daylighting
  • Smart grid


  • 2016, Doctorate Building Engineering, Concordia University, Canada
  • 2009, Master of Applied Science Building Engineering, Concordia University, Canada
  • 2005, Bachelor of Science (BSc) Physics, University of Athens, Greece


  • CEE International Exchange Coordinator


  • AE 223 - Differential Equations and Balance Laws
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022
  • AE 280 - Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • AE 400 - Project 2 Studio
    • Taught in 2023
  • AE 425 - Project 3 Studio
    • Taught in 2024
  • CIVE 507 - Building Science and Technology
    • Taught in 2022, 2023, 2024

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Kim J., Kim E., Kapsis K., and Lacroix D., An Integrated Framework for the Design of Climate-Resilient Buildings in Canada, Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, Volume 127, 597-608, Canada, 2023.
  • Mikhail M., Mather D., Parker P., and Kapsis K., Net-positive office commissioning and performance gap assessment: Empirical insights, Energy and Buildings, Volume 127, Canada, 2023.
  • Martin-Chivelet N., Kapsis K., Wilson H.R., Delisle V., Yang R., Olivieri L., Polo J., Eisenlohr J., Roy B., Maturi L., Otnes G., Dallapiccola M., and Upalakshi Wijeratne W.M.P., Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products and systems: A review of energy-related behavior, Energy and Buildings, Volume 127, Spain, 2022.

Graduate studies