Research Area:

Research on Building Envelope Systems

Studying the implications of facade decisions on occupants and building performance.

Building occupants in perimeter zones are affected by outdoor influences such as noise, temperature, and solar radiation, and by their ability to control these influences. CBE is developing tools and criteria for evaluating facade performance in terms of occupant comfort and energy efficiency. We have also conducted extensive field studies to determine how operable windows and control of building features affect occupant comfort.

Building Envelope Research Topics

CBE projects related to building envelope systems include:

Radiant cooling diagram

CBE field studies have investigated both complex and conventional facades.

CFD model of UFAD plenum

CBE's thermal comfort model has the capability to model numerous glazing types and shading devices.

CBE's UFAD Technology Website

CBE is studying the effects of facade design decisions on indoor environmental quality.