Building Design & Operation

Current Research

Key Technical Achievements

  • On-line comparative energy benchmarking tool
  • Expanded use of measured data from real-time monitoring
  • Behavioral impacts integrated into simulation models

Recent Publications

2015

Updates to the China Design Standard for Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings Link
Occupant behavior modeling for building performance simulation: Current state and future challenges Link
An ontology to represent energy-related occupant behavior in buildings. Part II: Implementation of the DNAS framework using an XML schema Link
An ontology to represent energy-related occupant behavior in buildings. Part I: Introduction to the DNAs framework Link
Data mining of space heating system performance in affordable housing Link

2014

A Fresh Look at Weather Impact on Peak Electricity Demand and Energy Use of Buildings Using 30-Year Actual Weather Data Link
Comparison of Building Energy Use Data between the United States and China
Data and Analytics to Inform Energy Retrofit of High Performance Buildings Link
On Variations of Space-heating Energy Use in Office Buildings Link
Revisit of Energy Use and Technologies of High Performance Buildings PDF icon PDF
Paradiso Experimental Characterization of Full-Scale Naturally Ventilated Atrium and Validation of CFD Simulations Link

2013

Increased Natural Ventilation Flow Rates through Ventilation Shafts International Journal of Ventilation Link
A Sensitivity Study of Building Performance Using 30-year Actual Weather Data PDF icon PDF
A Technical Framework to Describe Occupant Behavior for Building Energy Simulation PDF icon PDF
Comparison of HVAC system modeling in EnergyPlus, DeST and DOE-2.1E PDF icon PDF
A Detailed Comparison of Three Building Energy Modeling Programs: EnergyPlus, DeST, and DOE-2.1E Link
Promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings by use of natural ventilation
Data Analysis and Modeling of Lighting Energy Use in Large Office Building
Evaluating the performance of natural ventilation in buildings through simulation and on-site monitoring Link
Study of airflow and thermal stratification in naturally ventilated rooms Link
Building Energy Monitoring and Analysis PDF icon PDF
Building Performance Simulation PDF icon PDF

2012

A Detailed Comparison of Three Building Energy Modeling Programs: EnergyPlus, DeST, and DOE-2.1E PDF icon PDF
A Fresh Look at Weather Impact on Peak Electricity Demand and Energy Use of Buildings Using 30-Year Actual Weather Data PDF icon PDF
An In-Depth Analysis of Space Heating Energy Use in Office Buildings PDF icon PDF
Building Energy Benchmarking between the United States and China: Methods and Challenges PDF icon PDF
Comparison of Building Energy Simulation Programs: DeST, EnergyPlus, and DOE-2 PDF icon PDF (Chinese)
Comparison of Building Energy Use Data between the United States and China PDF icon PDF
Data analysis and modeling of lighting energy use in large office buildings PDF icon PDF
Driving Top Building Energy Performance in China and US – Lessons from the CERC Comparative Building Energy Performance Benchmarking Project
Modeling and Simulation of HVAC Faulty Operations and Performance Degradation due to Maintenance Issues PDF icon PDF
Occupant Behavior: Impact on Energy Use of Private Offices PDF icon PDF
On Variations of Space-heating Energy Use in Office Buildings PDF icon PDF
Statistical Analysis and Modeling of Occupancy Behavior in Open-Plan Offices using Measured Lighting-Switch Data Link
Modeling buoyancy-driven airflow in ventilation shafts Link
Performance study of a flow enhancing device for a single-sided chimney exhaust exposed to opposing winds in naturally-ventilated buildings
Design of Practical Hybrid Ventilation Building in Central Tokyo. Link

2011

A Rapid Roof Modeling Tool – The MIT Design Advisor Roof Module Link
A Rapid Roof Modeling Tool – The MIT Design Advisor Roof Module Link
The importance of accounting for radiative heat transfer in room airflow simulations Link
“Case Study of Hybrid Ventilation System with Exhaust Shafts Link
Reduced-scale building model and numerical investigations to buoyancy-driven natural ventilation, Link