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Recent Insights on Building Science Research from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (PST)

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Recent Insights on Building Science Research from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment

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Faculty and researchers at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment are pursuing wide-ranging research with the goal of improving building energy performance, the quality of indoor environments and the effectiveness of workplaces. This two-hour webinar will present insights and findings from new research, with interesting implications for commercial building stakeholders.


First, Lindsay T. Graham will discuss recent findings from an analysis of CBE’s Occupant Survey database, including responses from over 90,000 occupants in 900 buildings. This research demonstrates how occupants’ experiences with their indoor environments reveals whether these spaces support or hinder work activities, and which aspects of contemporary office buildings fail or succeed in this mission.


Next, Thomas Parkinson will present new research, currently in press, that combines responses from the CBE Occupant Survey with Twitter data to investigate persistent overcooling in commercial office buildings. This study illuminates how excessively cool temperatures negatively impact energy efficiency measures and reduce thermal comfort, particularly for women.


Finally, Carlos Duarte will discuss research on high-mass radiant systems, a heating and cooling system that provides improved thermal comfort when compared to traditional systems, and which have been used in many net-zero buildings. He will present advantages and limitations of these systems, and demonstrate a simplified radiant system design webtool that lets users define common design parameters, including controls, in order to test innovative designs that take advantage of thermal mass.


Image courtesy of Center for the Built Environment.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (PST)
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