As 2018 comes to a close, here at CBE we can look back on many successes over the year: More industry partners than ever; new tools for practitioners; numerous publications; new funding, scholarships and awards; and welcoming new graduate students, visitors, and post-docs to our team. We are excited to kick off 2019 – we will be wrapping up some large, multi-year projects and starting a new round of initiatives. We thank you for your ongoing support, and send our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.
Some highlights from 2018 include:
Welcoming 10 new industry partners to our consortium, who will help direct our future research and provide feedback on our projects: Daikin, EHDD (joined the SERA membership team), Ford, PAE, Quinn Evans Architects, RMW Architecture & Interiors, Rudolph and Sletten, Sanken, SmithGroup, and TEECOM.
Publishing 45+ papers and articles, including:
- Development of a global thermal comfort database.
- A new modeling approach for assessing the effect of solar radiation on indoor thermal comfort.
- How to predict thermal preference using a newly developed personal comfort model.
- A conversation on adaptation in the built environment.
- Quantifying energy loss in hot water reheat systems.
- Experimental investigation of air speed from multiple ceiling fans.
Presenting at over 30 events, including keynote presentations, leading numerous workshops on radiant systems (in collaboration with CBE partner Viega), ASHRAE committee work, participation at international conferences, and more.
Receiving new funding for projects that will be starting in 2019, including work on automated demand response, energy modeling, product testing, sensor technologies, and new work in the multi-unit residential category.
Launching new resources for practitioners:
- Updated thermal comfort tool to meet ASHRAE 55 standards.
- Interactive thermal comfort visualization tools.
- CBE Rad Tool, for the design phase of radiant systems.
Welcoming a new postdoc, a new group of MS and PhD students, and numerous visiting scholars.
Announcing the 12th annual Livable Buildings Award winner and runner up.
We look forward to sharing updates in 2019 as we wrap up projects, start new research, and continue to present and publish our work. Happy New Year!