PhD student in Building Science


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

Jonathan Woolley is a PhD candidate in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He earned his MS in mechanical engineering from UC Davis in 2008. Since 2004, Jonathan has been involved in a wide variety of research surrounding energy efficiency in buildings. He has unique specialty with climate appropriate hybrid cooling systems with which he has experience in modeling, design, commissioning, and performance evaluation through laboratory and field experimentation. Jonathan has also conducted research on passive solar design, natural ventilation, radiant cooling and heating, indirect evaporative cooling, advanced heat pump systems, heat recovery, occupancy sensing learning thermostat controls, zero-net energy homes, and many other energy efficiency strategies. Jonathan has developed open source modeling tools for hybrid air conditioners, and holds the patent on an innovative tracer gas airflow measurement system with a large dynamic range.

At Berkeley, Jonathan is focused on the energy and comfort implications of radiant cooling strategies. In particular he is focused on optimizing whole system performance for buildings with radiant cooling, by way of design and control of natural ventilation systems, hybrid supplemental air cooling systems, low energy chilled water plants, and heat recovery. Beyond advancing state of the art technical solutions, Jonathan’s work also embraces behavioral, economic, and policy opportunities as integral aspects of a pathway to sustainability in the built environment.