Award Winning Energy Visualization

Members from the Building Science Group got together over a summer weekend to create Quesadilla, an interactive visualization of energy flows in the United States for DOE’s Energy Data Challenge Contest #3: Open Data by Design. Quesadilla won the prize for Best Visualization.

Play with Quesadilla to get an idea about the changes in source and end use energy in the United States from 1949 to 2040.

Recommended Reading

"Effect of Urban Neighborhoods on the Performance of Building Cooling Systems"
For studied packaged window and rooftop units, COP decreases by several to more than ten percent when the urban density increases from rural to densely-built urban neighborhoods. This COP decrease is due to the increase in local temperatures, and the COP degradation would hold for other types of heat rejection equipment rendering its performance less efficient in dense urban neighborhoods.

By: Stefan Gracik, Mohammad Heidarinejad, Jiying Liu, and Jelena Srebric

Virtual PULSE: Course Project Demonstration Webinar

Monday, July 20th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

The Virtual PULSE demonstration webinar is meant for instructors seeking to integrate energy simulation into their coursework, but want to avoid the significant time investment it takes for students to learn how to build a complete energy model in energy simulation software. The webinar will give a live demonstration, and discuss experiences from using the tool in a course during the Spring 2015 semester.

Urban Microclimate and Energy Micro-Course

Online course material on the energy modeling of urban built infrastructure.


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