Riga Technical Institute

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About Us Riga Technical University is the oldest technical university in the Baltics, offering advanced study programs in all major fields. The Institute of Heat, Gas and Water Technology is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RTU and the largest educational and research institution in the field of heat, gas and water technologies in Latvia. For more than ten years the Institute has been actively working on the implementation of energy efficiency measures in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and optimizing the use of renewable energy sources in the building sector as well as in drinking water treatment and supply.

Contacts Director of Institute Professor Dr.habil.sc.ing. Egils Dzelzitis Vice president REHVA REHVA fellow, ASHARE fellow egils.dzelzitis@rtu.lv


Professor Dr.sc.ing. Talis Juhna


(Water and wastewater treatment processes, systems supply/modelling, water quality and molecular methods)

Professor Dr.sc.ing. Anatolijs Borodinecs

Fulbright Alumni REHVA fellow anatolijs.borodinecs@rtu.lv

(Building energy efficiency, heating and ventilation)


Illustration by Jelena Tihana, Assistant Professor, Institute of Heat, Gas and Water Technology


Academic Activities

Professional Master Study Program

Scientific Activities

Our team consists of highly qualified staff that has a strong theoretical background as well as wide practical experience. Our main goal is to make studies interesting and interactive providing real-life applications. The Institute of Heat, Gas and Water Technology offers 29 study courses at all levels of study (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies).

The program focuses on the research of smart cities, their building engineering systems and infrastructure elements. Research topics include heating systems, cooling and air-conditioning systems, ventilation, gas supply, water and waste water supply, sewerage and systems. Over the past two years, the program has been modified in collabortion with partners from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) under the FP7 project «STEP-UP – Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning».

The Institute has a modern laboratory on buildings and HVAC energy efficiency and water research laboratory.

During the studies students will be able to: develop a Bachelor/Master/Doctoral Thesis in close cooperation with our industry partners; participate in student exchange programs; make research at modern energy-efficient building and water research laboratories; participate in scientific projects.

Professional Bachelor Study Program

Doctoral Study Program

The main aim of the study program is to educate and train specialists in the field of heat, gas and water technologies so that they are competitive in the Latvian and international labor markets. We provide a theoretical background for the design of treatment plants with practical application activities (laboratory work) to test most of the treatment steps in practice. Graduates are able to design, install and operate building and city infrastructure engineering systems.

The Doctoral study program provides a balance between the development of creative skills and advanced knowledge of practical research tools and methods. Course materials are regularly reviewed, updated and improved to reflect the latest trends in the field. During the implementation of Doctoral study program, it is intended to continue active research on such topics as energy efficiency of buildings and their engineering systems, as well as problems of microclimate and water systems. Looking to the future, we see development in «Energy-Efficient Infrastructure for Smart Cities». Our programs are continuously developed according to the growing needs for human-friendly and energy-efficient environments.

The staff of the Institute has developed various methods and solutions for constructing low-energy buildings as well as technical solutions for improving energy efficiency of existing multi-apartment buildings. The major research directions are related to the development of new energy-efficient water technologies for drinking water treatment and for molecular methods to detect various pathogens in water, biofilm, microorganisms in biofuel production streams. nZEB districts

Energy Exchange

Individual use of renewable sources

Smart district heating/cooling

Future Smart Living Districts Development

Centralized use of renewables

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