CBE’s research team has developed new ways to “take the pulse” of buildings in operation: measuring the occupants’ responses to their indoor environments, and linking them to improved physical measurements of indoor environmental quality. We also study technologies that hold promise for making buildings more environmentally friendly, more productive to work in, and more economical to operate.
Current and Keystone Projects
Peer-reviewed technical guidance for design teams and building operators.
Development of the first tool to provide accurate whole-building modeling of the energy performance of underfloor systems.
Validation of a method to predict speech privacy in a diversity of office environments.
Advanced Integrated Systems HVAC IEQ
Achieving deep energy reductions using integrated design solutions with advanced low-energy and high indoor environmental quality building technologies.
Evaluating the potential effectiveness of various types of fans for low-energy comfort.
Case studies of near or fully zero-net-energy buildings showcase optimal radiant application.
Setpoint Energy Savings Calculator HVAC IEQ
An online tool for fast energy saving estimations of expanded temperature ranges.
Studying the differences between thermal comfort in naturally ventilated and sealed air-conditioned buildings, with the aim of developing a new comfort zone for ASHRAE Standard 55.
Optimizing information feedback to inform and encourage resource saving behavior.
Interactive thermal comfort tools for data visualization and query building.
An free online tool for evaluating comfort according to ASHRAE Standard 55.
CBE mined Occupant IEQ Survey data to investigate occupant satisfaction in a variety of office configurations.
Developing technology for tomorrow’s dynamic electricity-pricing systems
Natural ventilation for energy savings in California commercial buildings.
Proposing new protocols for assessing comfort in buildings with mixed-mode ventilation and personal comfort systems.
Assessing the design strategies and occupant response to red/green light window control signaling systems.
Comparing occupant satisfaction with indoor environmental quality of mixed-mode and sealed buildings.
Studying the effectiveness of strategies which combine natural ventilation with conventional HVAC.
This low-cost system may lead to short payback periods for energy-saving lighting retrofits.
The study and documentation of current industry practices, design trends, success stories, and lessons learned.
Providing simplified design tools for optimization of underfloor systems.
Occupant survey data provides insights on occupant satisfaction in LEED and green buildings.
Testing perceived barriers to adoption of naturally ventilated and mixed mode buildings.
Using the Advanced Thermal Comfort Model to study comfort implications of emerging green building technologies.
Comparing worker productivity to physical conditions in the workplace environment.
Developing new and improved guidelines and tools for stratified environments using displacement ventilation.
Graphical visualization for spatial resolution of mean radiant temperature (MRT) within a space.
Occupant surveys are an invaluable source of information regarding occupant satisfaction and workplace effectiveness.
Synthesizing existing behavioral models on occupant interaction with windows.
Evaluation of California climates for mixed-mode strategies with radiant cooling
Evaluating the influence of personal control in allowing building occupants to be comfortable in a wider range of conditions than prescribed by existing standards.
Understanding and tightening the gap between simulated and actual energy use.
Assessing individual and group worker effectiveness in today’s new workplace paradigm.
Personal comfort systems may increase comfort and productivity while reducing building energy use.
Verifying acoustical performance of as-built partitions and acoustical construction.
Seeking to understand the behavioral and social dynamics of commercial building energy use.
Creating new industry standards for window manufacturers, designers, and specifiers.