The Heat is Off: With Patio Heaters Banned, how will French Diners Stay Warm?
This article notes that CBE’s research on personal comfort systems may be a solution to providing comfort for outdoor dining, as an alternative to highly energy intensive heaters and air-conditioners. This article highlights the opportunity for furniture manufacturers to think creatively about heated and cooled pieces, especially in the wake of dining restrictions in the midst of Covid-19.
CBE Research Shows How to Improve Buildings’ Performance
California Building News editor Henry Eason writes about his experience attending CBE’s October 2019 Industry Advisory Board Meeting, summarizing several noteworthy projects and initiatives. The article begins on page 10.
When You Give Your House Keys to a Stranger
Researcher Lindsay T. Graham was interviewed for an article in the New York Times focused on short-term home rentals.
Do Americans Need Air-Conditioning? Summer’s great indoor-temperature debate rages on
Author Penelope Green writes that Americans have more air conditioning than any other country, and how this is related to climate change concerns and new energy standards. Several people are cited in her discussion of new innovations from industry and research organizations, including CBE’s David Lehrer.
Designing for Airborne Infection Control
Researcher Jovan Pantelic reviews ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospital and Clinics from the perspective of infectious source strength and air change rate, one of the key paramenters in healthcare design.
Finding Your Happy Place
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.
Building Design for All Senses
CBE Director Ed Arens was interviewed on The Edifice Complex Podcast, discussing building design for all senses.
Boost Happiness and Save Energy with Adaptive Thermal Comfort
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.
Going Beyond the Punchlist: Why Architects Should Embrace Post-Occupancy Evaluations
Lance Hosey writes about the history of post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) and how they can reveal a wealth of useful information. He describes the CBE Occupant Survey based on an interview with CBE’s David Lehrer, and describes new technologies that are helping architects better track building performance.
Doctoral Graduate Caroline Karmann Recognized with Best Paper Award at PLEA Conference
The UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design published a press release recognizing Caroline Karmann, a former graduate student researcher for CBE, for receiving the Best Paper Award at the 34th Conference on Passive & Low Energy Architecture.