"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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.”
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.
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)
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
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”)
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.
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.