Past CBE Events

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

Modular/Industrial construction symposium May 16, 2023

Symposium on Modular and Industrial Construction Methods for Low-Carbon Buildings

May 16, 2023

Modular and industrial construction methods offer many advantages compared to traditional construction, and are being rapidly adopted and driving innovation, including ways to rapidly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. This symposium includes expert industry practitioners who are involved in developing and implementing industrialized buildings, and researchers who are leading advanced studies to better understand the potential of these innovations for decarbonizing the built environment.

Spring 2023 Industry Advisory Board Meeting

April 27, 2023

CBE’s spring 2023 Industry Advisory Board Meeting will be hosted as a hybrid event for in-person and online participation on April 27-28. We will share research updates and findings, get feedback on future research and continue to support our community of peers who share the goal of improving the indoor environment and energy performance of buildings. This event is open to current members and invited special guests. All current CBE consortium members will receive registration information by email. See more information >

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.

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