The Robotic Personal Conditioning Device (RoCo) is a new project being lead by a team at UMD and backed by the DOE's ARPA-E Delta Program. The project is at the convergence of localized air conditioning & heating and robotics. At present, our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study found that an intelligently controlled nozzle could keep occupants comfortable in both heating and cooling regime with RoCo. This is possible with a relatively inexpensive RoCo device using roughly 150W of power. Our upcoming project phase is to confirm these numerical results with human subject experiments.
"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."
The main objective of this research is to develop an integrated framework to optimize performance of building enclosure and mechanical systems with the consideration of life cycle cost of building systems. The framework consists of two main sections: the life cycle cost assessment section and the building systems optimization section.
The primary objective of this investigation is to develop a robust database of indoor air quality, ventilation, occupant surveys, and building measurements for the U.S. retail building stock. This database will be used to determine the relationship between ventilation rate and indoor air quality and occupant satisfaction with the goal of recommending appropriate minimum ventilation rates for different categories and locations of retail establishments.
The long-term goal of the proposed research is to develop and verify the methods and tools that can be used to calculate heat/mass transfer through a building envelope covered with natural plant material for a given location in the United States. The goal of the present study is to provide tools and calculation methods to quantify summer cooling effects of a green roof, which presently is the most popular natural plant material for buildings.