Please visit the individual pages below to view videos and slide decks from these events.
May 11, 2022
This event will bring together diverse players to discuss the optimization of the design and operation of integrated, high-performance buildings. Join us with other industry leaders to explore opportunities to advance how smart buildings can support climate, health, equity, and resilience. The program will feature a keynote from Saul Griffith and other luminaries.
April 27, 2022
Our April 2021 Industry Advisory Board Meeting will be hosted as a hybrid event, with options for both in-person and online participation April 27-28. We will share research updates with our industry partners, get feedback on future research, and continue to build a community of peers who share the goal of improving the indoor environment and energy performance of buildings. See the agenda and other details here >
December 1, 2021
The design of a commercial building facade may be one of the most complex challenges facing design professionals, as multiple and sometimes conflicting goals are brought into play: architectural expression, transparency, energy, comfort, cost and the combined effects of moisture, thermal and structural loads. This course featured three presentations on tools, methods, research findings and case studies to inform the design of advanced and high-performance facades.
November 16, 2021
Faculty and researchers at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment are pursuing wide-ranging research with the goal of improving building energy performance, the quality of indoor environments and the effectiveness of workplaces. This course presented insights and findings from new research, with interesting implications for commercial building stakeholders.
October 21, 2021
Michelle Malanca Frey was the keynote speaker for CBE’s Industry Advisory Board session in October 2021. In this talk she presents current trends and possible futures that lead towards building electrification, adoption of distributed energy resources, vehicle-to grid-integration, as well as creative branding concepts that may accelerate the adoption of these important technical and societal changes.
October 13, 2021
Windows and view quality represent a vital field of study at the nexus of the building envelope, occupant experience and energy performance. Advancements in simulation technologies offer new integrated analysis workflows that combine the effects of view, daylight and thermal conditions to inform design decisions. Speakers included researchers, designers and other experts who will discuss significant research results, and help designers to adapt the research findings into building designs.
September 15, 2021
Low-power personal comfort systems (PCS) allow building occupants to control their individual environments and to remain comfortable over a range of indoor temperatures. This course presented research that demonstrates the practical applicability of PCS devices for improving both thermal comfort and energy efficiency using currently available devices such as desktop and ceiling fans, and also innovative prototypes such as a heated and cooled office chair.
August 26, 2021
Variable air volume (VAV) HVAC systems dominate the commercial building market but have widely varying performance. Research led by UC Berkeley has demonstrated that energy or cost reductions as high as 29% may be achieved using one of three new VAV control strategies that are simple enough to implement within existing building management systems. This course will be led by leading UC Berkeley researchers who developed these methods and/or who led the field studies, and they will address energy performance, comfort, and guidance for implementation.
May 19, 2021
A persistent housing shortage in California and beyond is driving demand for affordable, sustainable housing which also serves overarching concerns of equity and social justice. This session featured seasoned professionals — from architecture, engineering and non-profit development — who presented case studies and discussed proven and effective strategies, as well as lessons learned from a new generation of multi-family housing that is both affordable and sustainable, with many reaching LEED Platinum and/or net zero energy targets.
October 14, 2020
Building decarbonization has emerged as a key topic with a focus on building electrification. This seminar covered policy progress to date, a deep dive on technologies that deliver efficient and reliable electrification for non-residential buildings, and how grid-harmonized buildings can utilize renewable power when it’s available. Participants engaged over two mornings with our expert panelists to learn, interact and ask questions to inform their own decarbonization work.