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Innovation is all about answering the question: “What if?” For example, what if we could transfer the latest research designed to precisely monitor and control building environments to vehicle environments? Questions like this are driving the future of mobility for Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV). This new CBE partner is focused on accelerating the pace of innovation and collaboration around autonomous, connected, electrified and shared mobility trends.
During the 2018 fires, CBE used previously-installed sensors in two University buildings to understand and evaluate building resilience to urban scale air pollution, quantifying particle penetration to the indoors from outdoors. The low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) PM2.5 sensors were accompanied by a survey of the building occupants, with questions focused on changes in their behavior, perceived air quality, self-reported productivity and health symptoms.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of a seminal paper from Rocky Mountain Institute, “Greening the Building and the Bottom Line,” making the case that green buildings’ unique features may improve employee productivity. Since then interest in this topic has remained strong, and several studies by CBE and others have contributed to our collective understanding of workplace productivity; in this post we describe our related work with a focus on key variables.
Joining CBE’s industry consortium this spring, Red Car Analytics specializes in building systems advising, performance diagnostics, policy and research, commissioning, and energy modeling. Their mission is to help create an industry feedback loop of effective solutions to decarbonize today’s buildings.
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Lindsay T. Graham published an article about the research being done in residential spaces, and how our identities and emotions are reflected in our homes.
CBE Director Ed Arens was interviewed on The Edifice Complex Podcast, discussing building design for all senses.
This article builds on a 15-year-old BuildingGreen classic, with updates on thermal comfort in mixed-mode buildings, featuring much of Gail Brager’s research on the development of the adaptive model.
Livable Buildings Awards
Now in its twelfth year, the Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate high occupant satisfaction, excellent design, and innovative operation strategies.