Creating high performance buildings requires that we are able to design, verify, and guarantee the type of systems that meet the highest expectations of the client and society. The technical performance of buildings is the result of the complex interplay of highly variable boundary conditions driving the physical behavior of many components operating in multiple interacting domains such as heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, light, and acoustics, all orchestrated by increasingly intelligent building controls. Building performance modeling, simulation, and optimization contribute to an overall integrated approach for performance understanding and improvement, while sensor networks and embedded intelligent systems are increasingly integrating this intelligence directly into the built environment.
The field is expanding to address both smaller and larger scales, such as improving representation of HVAC systems, incorporating interactions with a building’s local microclimate, and modeling of urban-scale building energy use. Concepts of environmental performance expand beyond the direct impacts of building energy consumption to consider the overall human systems in which building operations occur – such as transportation and distribution systems, human dynamics, carbon and energy.
Within these themes the following is a cross-section of dissertations that PhD students have produced in recent years:
Professor, IBPSA-Fellow, School of Architecture
Head of High Performance Building Lab
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture