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Focus Areas

Urban Energy Modeling

Urban thermal conditions will be determinant in the design of future cities. They influence buildings’ energy consumption and outdoor thermal comfort but can also impact air pollution levels. Although it is highly desirable to tune design param

Smart Buildings and Smart Grids

Smart buildings can be defined as buildings that deliver useful building services that make occupants productive (lighting, thermal comfort, air quality, physical security, sanitation, etc.) at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the buil

Demand-Side Management

Demand-side management (DSM) strategies are a basic part of any effective sustainable energy development plan. Carbon abatement studies by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others show that DSM is the most cost-effective carbon emissions redu

Building Integrated Renewables

As the concept of low/zero energy buildings moves to the forefront of the sustainability debate, new design approaches and technologies enabling cost-effective integration of renewable energies are emerging. The following building-integrated renewab

Advanced Cooling Technologies

In hot-humid climates, the air conditioning load is a significant burden on the grid. This is mainly due to low performance building envelope and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and ill-adapted air conditioning technologies.