Center for High Performance Buildings

A center dedicated to partnering with industry in the development, demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of new technologies and analysis tools for high performance buildings.

This focus area addresses the development, evaluation, and integration of building technologies that can improve occupant comfort and reduce energy usage and operating costs. General research interest of this area are:

  • Building Envelopes
  • Lighting & Daylighting
  • Interior Finishes
  • Comfort Delivery
  • Modeling, Design Tools
  • Smart Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • System Optimization
  • Diagnostics Tools

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Understanding and modeling the interaction between occupants and their indoor environments is a major focus area for the CHPB. Research interest of the faculty members are:

  • Comfort, Productivity, Human Health
  • Indoor Air Quality & Human Exposure
  • Prediction Models
  • Personalized Control
  • Interfaces
  • Indoor Bioaerosols & Airborne Nanoparticles

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Faculty within the CHPB have a long history of research related to primary and secondary HVAC&R; equipment used in buildings. Research focus of faculty are:

  • Compressors
  • Heat Pumps
  • Refrigerants
  • Combined Heat Power [CHP]
  • Geothermal Technology
  • Modeling and Testing
  • Appliances

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