Past CBE Events

Please visit the individual pages below to view videos and slide decks from these events.

Using Data Science to Decarbonize the Built Environment

November 16, 2022

Using massive data sets, combined with and automatic analysis and interpretation of data, we can understand problems, set achievable goals, and monitor progress towards these goals. This session featured industry leaders, from companies large and small, who are applying data science in new and innovative ways to mitigate climate change effects that result from our built environment.

Thermal comfort applications

Applying Thermal Comfort Concepts for Low-Energy Building Solutions

August 18, 2022

Research shows that approximately 40 percent of commercial building users are dissatisfied with their thermal environments, achieving just half of the industry goal of 80 percent, and thereby representing one of the most bothersome aspects of indoor environments. This class covered key concepts of thermal comfort, how it can be improved, and how this knowledge can be used to create low-energy and comfortable buildings, including in buildings with radiant systems and ceiling fans that can provide equivalent or superior comfort.

Sustainable and Successful: Case Studies from the Livable Buildings Awards

May 25, 2022

The Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, sustainability and occupant satisfaction. This award is unique as projects must qualify by meeting high standards as measured by the CBE Occupant Survey. This event featured design professionals who will discussed their design processes and client collaborations that led to the creation of livable and sustainable buildings, all demonstrating low- or net-positive performance.


Design Tools, Methods and Case Studies on the Design of High-Performance Facades

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.


Power to the People: The Next Wave in Clean Energy

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.


Symposium on Research and Design Practice Related to Window Views

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.


Using Personal Comfort Devices to Save Energy and Improve Comfort

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.


Advanced HVAC Control Approaches for Variable-Air-Volume Systems

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.


Affordable and Sustainable Multi-Family Housing: Strategies and Case Studies

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.

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