Dr. Touraj ASHRAFIAN received his “M.SC. in Architecture” degree from I. Azad University of Tabriz in 2006. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Building Science from Istanbul Technical University in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis title was “A New Approach to Define Economically Applicable Energy Efficient Retrofit Solutions for Residential Buildings in Turkey.” He is mainly focused on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), cost-optimality analysis, building energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), existing buildings’ energy efficient renovation and cost analysis of related actions to implement step-by-step and low initial investment cost renovation methods in the framework of recast-EPBD to Turkey’s economic, social and climatic conditions. He was one of the main researchers in two national research projects named “Determination of Turkish Reference Buildings and National Method for Defining Cost Optimum Energy Efficiency Level of Buildings” and "Establishment of infrastructure and practical standard for ecological settlement units’ transformation of the regions under ecological disaster risks in Kocakır region of Eskişehir" supported by the “TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)” and the “Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning of Turkey” respectively.
Furthermore, he has more than 14 years’ work experience in Architectural design and Built-Environment Science until 2016. Between 2002 and 2011, he was working as a chief atelier and principal researcher in two different engineering consultant companies and during this period he designed and involved in more than 200 construction projects. Between 2011 and 2016, he involved in three different academic research projects. During this period, he participated in some LEED and BREEAM projects as well. Before joining to Özyeğin University, as a lecturer and instructor in three public and private universities, he led courses and conducted lectures in the field of building physics, architecture, and computer-aided design. Moreover, he is a reviewer in the journal of “Energy and Buildings” and wrote some journal articles and several conference papers and attended to several courses in the field of building energy efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality.