Energy Efficient Buildings Hub


"The objective of the Building Science Group operating at the EEB (Energy Efficient Buildings) Hub is to develop and deploy to the building industry a state-of-the-art modeling platform to support integrated design, construction, commissioning, and operation."

Sponsor: US Department of Energy

Dates: 02/2011-01-2014


EFFI PULSE: Abstract

OBJECTIVE: to develop and deploy to the building industry a state-of-the-art modeling platform to support integrated design, construction, commissioning, and operation. The approach to developing a modeling platform can be viewed as development of specific tools that are strategically deployed to different stakeholders responsible for a building in different periods of its lifecycle. The idea is that empowered stakeholders will be able to make better informed decisions to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Therefore, the suite of different tools in the modeling platform needs to be specifically developed and deployed to different stakeholders to enable informed decision making in different points of the building lifecycle. Software available at tools.buildsci.us.


EEB HUB: Events

Building Science Group attended the GreenBuild 2013 in Philadelphia.

11/20/2013 - 11/22/2013: Dr. Jelena Srebric, Ying Sun, Josh Wentz, Matthew Dahlhausen, Liusheng Yan, and Mohammad Heidarinejad participated in the GreenBuild 2013 to present EEB HUB project research findings.

Dahlhausen & Heidarinejad presented at the EEB HUB booth, GreenBuild 2013.

11/21/2013: Energy Retrofit Game allows users to install different EEMs for a case study, Building 101, and compare projected energy savings. Matt Dahlhausen and Mohammad Heidarinejad presented the game during the GreenBuild 2013. More information is available at twitter and EEBHub.

Energy Retrofit Game

EEBHub

Dr. Jelena Srebric presented at GreenBuild 2013 educational sessions.

11/20/2013: Dr. Jelena Srebric, Dr. Stella Oggianu, and Dr. Tim Wagner presented Reduced-Order Models: from Building to Urban Scales in the educational sessions at GreenBuild 2013.More information is available here and here.

Matt Dahlhausen awarded the Charles N. Claar Memorial Scholarship

10/04/2013: Matthew Dahlhausen was awarded the Charles N. Claar Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Central PA Chapter of the International Facility Management Association and the IFMA Foundation. He received the scholarship at IFMA's World Workplace 2013 conference in Philadelphia, PA. The scholarship recognizes exceptional accomplishments in education, research and scholarship in the facility management field.

Matt Dahlhausen & Mohammad Heidarinejad presented at IFMA 2013

10/04/2013: RMT team demonstrated a simplified version of RMT to 40 participants at IFMA World Workplace 2013. The workshop entailed a gaming component, where participants used RMT to evaluate the energy cost savings from energy efficiency measures they choose to install in a mock building. After the workshop, several participants requested use of the tool, and two participants requested that we bring the workshop to their organization.

Special thanks to: Rich Sweetser, John Messner, Payam Delgoshaei, Josh Wentz, Ibrahim Alanqar, Ying Sun, Jin Bin Li, Kai Liu, Nick Mattise, Mujing Wang

Energy Modeling Tools Platform

09/06/2013: Task 2 presented EEB HUB Integrated Energy Simulation Platform to a Focus Group consists of Building Designers, Owners, and Operators to Evaluate the Integrated Platform for Building Energy Retrofits. Further Information is accessible via:

Platform presentation
Event Report

Ibrahim Alanqar & Mingjie Zhao present at Building Simulation2013

08/25/2013: Ibrahim Alanqar, a M.Sc. student, Mingjie Zhao and Mohammad Heidarinejad, Ph.D. candidates, have successfully published and presented papers in the International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Building Simulation 2013 Conference, in Chambery, France.

Alanqar’s paper/poster was titled “Simulated and metered electricity usage of a LEED® certified cancer institute”, and Zhao’s paper/poster was titled “Comparison of green roof plants and substrates based on simulated green roof thermal performance with measured material properties.” In addition, Alanqar and Zhao presented Heidarinejad’s research paper titled “Building classification based on simulated annual results: towards realistic building performance expectations.”

Dr. Srebric presents in the EEB Hub Strategic Management Review

05/02/2013 Dr. Srebric presents in the EEB Hub Strategic Management Review

Dr. Srebric presents at Building syENERGY

03/21/2013: Dr. Srebric presents an “Integrated Simulation Platform” presentation at Building syENERGY – The EEB HUB Spring Conference in Philadelphia on March 21, 2013.

Prof. Screbric now task leader in EEB Hub

08/01/2012: Directors of the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub appointed Prof. Srebric as a leader for the Modeling and Simulation task (Task 2). This specific task focuses on the development of simulation tools to support decision making in building retrofit projects.


EEB HUB: Videos

The Modeling and Simulation Task

 

Many of those involved in the Building Science Group are involved in the multidisciplinary Simulation and Modeling Task at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in Philadelphia, PA. This Task is developing a comprehensive software platform that uniquely solves energy assessment for: architects, engineers, commissioners, and facility managers.
Featured in the Video:
Kyle Benne (NREL)
Jelena Srebric (U of Maryland)
Rob Leicht (Penn State)

What is the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub)?

 

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established in Philadelphia by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on February 1, 2011 with a unique dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—and promoting regional economic growth and job creation from our headquarters in Philadelphia's Navy Yard, one of the nation's largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities. The Pennsylvania State University was selected to lead this initiative and was awarded a $122 Million grant. Credit: Penn State University: GPIC


EEB HUB: Other Web Presence


EEB HUB: Publications

Ibrahim Alanqar, Mohammad Heidarinejad, and Jelena Srebric, “A Sensitivity analysis on accuracy of energy simulation for a renovated healthcare buildings” (Paper is Accepted for the Winter ASHRAE Conference 2014)

Matthew Dahlhausen, Mohammad Heidarinejad, and Jelena Srebric, “Strategies and Tools for Facility Energy Retrofits”, IFMA’s World Workplace 2013, Philadelphia, October 2-4, 2013 (Presentation: “Play the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Game”)

Available Here

Mohammad Heidarinejad, Matthew Dahlhausen, Sean McMahon, Chris Pyke, and Jelena Srebric, “Building Classification Based on Simulated Annual Results: Towards Realistic Building Performance Expectations”, Proceedings of Building Simulation 2013, Chambery, France.

Available Here

Ibrahim Alanqar, Atefeh Mohammadpour, Jelena Srebric, and Chimay Anumba, “Accurate Simulation of metered electricity usage of a LEED® Certified Cancer Institute”, Proceedings of Building Simulation 2013, Chambery, France.

Available Here


EEB HUB: People

Leaders
Jelena Srebric, Ph.D., (PI)
Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Richard MistrickPh.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Rob LeichtPh.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

William BahnflethPh.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Jason DegrawPh.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Payam Delgoshaei, Ph.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Ke Xu, Ph.D.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Research Staff
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Mohammad Heidarinejad, M.Sc.
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Matthew Dahlhausen, M.Sc.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Ibrahim Alanqar, M.Sc.
Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Seon Kim, M.Sc.
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

DEVELOPERS
Ying Sun, M.Sc.
Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Josh Wentz, B.A.E., B.S.
Architectural Engineering Department, Penn State University
Information Sciences & Technology Department, Penn State University

Nicholas Mattise, B.A.E.
Architectural Engineering Department, Pennsylvania State University
Jin Bin Li, B.S.
Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University
Mujing Wang, B.S.
Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University
Josh Kurios, B.S.
Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University