Development of sustainable communities that optimize energy use & environmental impacts

Building science research problems require input from numerous disciplines, so we are OPEN for COLLABORATION to create knowledge that can shape our fundamental understanding of BUILT COMMUNITIES.


Robotic Personal Conditioning Device (RoCo)

Sponsor : DELTA Program, ARPA-E
Dates: April 2015 - May 2018

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.

EFRI-SEED: Creating Opportunities for Adaption based upon PULSE

Sponsor : National Science Foundation
Dates: January 2011 to August 2015

The NSF EFRI PULSE project will provide tools, procedures, and guidelines to enable innovations for operation, renovation and design of existing and new building structures at university campuses.

Simulation and Modeling at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

Sponsor: US Department of Energy
Dates: February 2012 to April 2014

"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."

Life-Cycle Cost assessment of Buildign Enclosure Systems

Sponsor: Dow Chemical Company
Dates: July 2010 to June 2013

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.

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Stores (1596-RP)

Sponsor: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Dates: August 2010 to December 2012

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.

Modeling of Natural Plant Materials to Enable performance Evaluation of Environmentally Friendly Buildings

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Dates: July 2009 to December 2011

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.

An Indoor Environment Design Tool for Entire Buildings

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
July 2001 to June 2003

Moisture Control - Convective Drying in Residential Wall Systems

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
July 2001 to June 2003

How to Verify, Validate, and Report Indoor Environment Modeling CFD Analyses (RPD-1133)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
January 2001 to July 2001

Simplified Diffuser Boundary Conditions for Numerical Room Aiflow Models (RPD-1009)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
January 1999 to July 2000

Methodology to Factor Room Air Movement and the Impact of Thermal Comfort into the Design of HVAC Systems (RPD-927)

American Socie img-thumbnailty of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
September 1997 to December 1998