Jud Partin

Jud seeks to understand how externally-forced and internally-driven changes affect the earth’s climate. He uses paleoclimate archives to help evaluate both current climate trends and climate models, which are used to project future changes. Jud focuses on producing long records of hydroclimate using speleothems, corals, and forams from the tropics as well as quantifying the uncertainty of climate reconstructions and then comparing the paleoclimate data to climate model output.

Topic: Climate Change: Past, Present, Future – How It Will Affect Building Design and Resiliency

This lecture covers how climate has changed in the past, current climate changes, and how climate is predicted to change in the future. The goal is to provide estimates of how temperature and rainfall in the greater Houston area will change over the coming decades due to anthropogenic emissions, and how these changes will impact building designs of the future.

Joe Huang| White Box Technologies

Joe Huang is the president of White Box Technologies, a small consultant company that he established in 2007 after having worked as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National  Laboratory for over 26  years.  During his time at LBNL, Joe was involved in the development of both DOE-2 and EnergyPlus, and the use of simulations to evaluate new building technologies and develop  building energy standards in many countries around the world. Joe has worked on weather data since the mid-1980s, including “typical year” weather sets for  ASHRAE, the California Energy Commission, and updating the TMY3 for NREL in 2015.  In 2012 he launched an online web store http://weather.whiteboxtechnologies.com  that now contains both “typical year” and historical weather data going back to 2001 for over 10,000 locations around the world. Joe has also completed several projects on the potential impacts of Climate Change on building energy use in the US and California. He was on the IBPSA-USA Board from 2016-2019,  twice chair of ASHRAE TC 4.2 on Climatic Information, and a past chair of TC 4.7 on Energy Calculations.

Topic: The implications of Climate Change on the design and operations of buildings in Houston

Although there has been increasing attention within the HVAC Industry about Climate Change, opinions are still divided as to the appropriate response, with some focused on resiliency during more extreme climate events, and others on improving building energy efficiency to counteract the gradual increase in global temperatures.  Although there’s general agreement that buildings should be designed with the future weather in mind, design practices still rely on historical weather data from the past.  The presenter will describe the historical trends in weather conditions in the Houston area over the past 30 years, as well as the projected trends over the next 50 years, and share his experiences in creating future year weather files.

Evyatar Erell, PhD| Ben-Gurion University

Associate Professor Evyatar Erell is an architect and geographer at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He received his PhD from The University of Adelaide. Prof. Erell’s research addresses flows of energy in the built environment at different scales and how they affect the spaces we inhabit, both indoors and outside. He has studied glazing systems, daylight control and passive cooling techniques for buildings; and several aspects of the urban microclimate, in particular computer modeling of air temperature in urban street canyons and pedestrian thermal comfort in hot dry environments. Prof. Erell has co-authored several books, including ‘Urban Microclimate: The Design of Spaces between Buildings’. He is a member of several expert committees at the Israel Institute of Standards, and has contributed to
drafting national standards for thermal insulation and energy certification of buildings.

Topic: The Effect of Increasing Vegetation Cover on Energy Demand for Heating and Cooling Buildings in a Dense Mediterranean City

The study examines the effects of adding vegetation to a Tel Aviv neighborhood on the microclimate, and subsequently on electricity consumption for heating and cooling. Computer simulation was employed to generate modified weather files that account for urban effects in different building configurations. These files were then used as inputs for detailed computer simulation of building energy performance. Elevated night-time temperatures in the urban location increase summer cooling relative to the reference rural site, but reduce winter heating, resulting in a net decrease of 2-7% in overall electricity use for heating and cooling (depending on building characteristics). The reduction in the potential for cooling by night ventilation will increase the prevalence of air conditioning use and make buildings more vulnerable to potential loss of electric power during episodes of extreme heat. Implementing a strategy of extensive planting, so that a green surface fraction of 0.5 is obtained, results in a mean annual temperature reduction of about 0.3 °C and an energy saving relative to the current condition of about 2-3%.

Stephanie Taylor

Dr. Stephanie Taylor graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and practiced pediatric oncology and did research in cellular growth mechanisms for several decades. Alarmed by the high number of patients acquiring infections during their in-patient treatment, she became concerned that the hospital built-environment might play a role in patient outcomes. Realizing that she knew little about the design and management of buildings and mechanical systems, she returned to school to obtain a Master’s degree in Architecture. Dr. Taylor now works as an international consultant and research leader to better understand how the design and operation of hospitals, offices, schools and all occupied buildings can help people thrive, not merely survive. She has published in Nature, Science and other peer reviewed journals, is a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE and a columnist for Engineered Systems magazine. She received the, “Women to Watch in the HVAC Industry” award in 2019. She is also a member of the ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee and the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.

Topic: The Healing Power of Indoor Air

We are currently living with tremendous uncertainty brought about by a mutated virus of the familiar Coronavirus family. Many unanswered questions about COVID-19 disease transmission, mortality rates and our own immune response have resulted in fear, confusion and a sense of helplessness in many of us. Thankfully, we have a solid foundation of scientific data from studies in microbiology, medicine and the indoor environment that can guide our management of buildings so that they are true shelters.

Dr. Taylor will present studies on building interventions that optimize the health of human occupants and decrease the threat of microbial pathogens such as COVID-19. Communication between medical and building professionals, such as in this webinar, along with your input will help us fight back and regain our footing. Attend this webinar to learn about the power of the indoor environment to keep us safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond.

William Bahnfleth, PhD| Pennsylvania State University

William Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He held previous positions as Senior Consultant for ZBA, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH and Principal Investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer. At Penn State, Dr. Bahnfleth teaches undergraduate courses in HVAC fundamentals and system design, and graduate courses in district cooling systems and indoor air quality. His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters.  Dr. Bahnfleth is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He served as President of ASHRAE in 2013-2014. His ASHRAE honors include the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award, E.K. Campbell Award, and F. Paul Anderson Award. He is also a recipient of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society’s World-Class Engineering Faculty Award.

Topic: Engineering Controls for Aerosol Transmission of Covid-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

The presentation will begin with a brief review of infection transmission modes and the risk management process, then describe and compare the range of engineering controls for Covid-19 and other diseases that are transmitted by infectious aerosols. The role of modeling in investigating aerosol transmission and controlling risk will also be discussed.

Kapil Upadhyaya | Kirksey

Kapil Upadhyaya is the Director of Building Physics at Kirksey Architecture where he champions the emerging field of building-physics. He has performed simulations and assessments for over 200 projects, half of which were LEED buildings.

Topic: IAQ Simulation Methods

The current pandemic has raised concerns about Indoor Air Quality among building professionals. Many existing methods of assessing indoor air quality in buildings are being revamped or being adapted to create guidelines of a post-pandemic era. This presentation is an overview of simulation methods and metrics that can be applied to assess Indoor Air Quality of buildings.

Liliana Beltrán, PhD| Texas A&M University

Dr. Liliana Beltrán teaches in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University, the courses in the areas of energy, daylighting design and analysis, green buildings design tools and sustainability. Previously, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Division, and has taught at Texas Tech University, San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, University of Oregon, and the National University of Engineering of Lima. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s in Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon, and a Professional Degree of Architect from the National University of Engineering of Peru. The topics of research she focuses include human-centric lighting design, VR for integrated lighting performance-based design, parametric design, adaptive strategies for climate change, and zero net energy strategies. Dr. Beltrán is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards, a Progressive Architecture Research Award; two EPA P3 Awards; and an IES Robert Thunen Fellow. She has been a consultant to UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage of Paris, France on the Restoration of the Kuwait National Museum, and to the Green Resource Center, City of Berkeley’s Best Builders Program. She is a Registered Architect in Peru, and a LEED AP. Recently, she was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Japan Fellow. 

Topic: Bringing daylight beyond windows with passive core sunlighting

This session will present the visual and non-visual benefits and the potential use of a passive solar light pipe to improve lighting conditions in building cores. This light pipe is an effective daylighting system that can provide healthy full-spectrum lighting in deep floor plan spaces under clear and partly cloudy sky conditions. Long term photometric data of a space with this solar light pipe in combination with sidelight windows and automated exterior louvers will be presented.

Rania Labib, PhD | Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Rania Labib is an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University. She has earned her BSc degree in architectural engineering from Minia University in Egypt and her PhD degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University. Dr. Labib’s research focuses on developing new building performance simulations tools as well as improving the existing ones, utilizing artificial intelligence to improve simulation methods, and smart buildings and cities for comfortable built environments. Dr. Labib is the recipient of the prestigious National Science of Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention on her research on intelligent high-performance façade design.  

Topic: Utilizing Machine Learning and Cloud Computing to Automate and Speed up Daylighting Simulations.

Architects and engineers often investigate the daylighting performance of hundreds of design solutions and configurations to ensure an energy-efficient solution for their designs. To shorten the time required for daylighting simulations, architects usually reduce the number of variables or parameters of the building and facade design. This practice usually results in the elimination of design variables that could contribute to an energy-optimized design configuration. Therefore, this research aims to incorporate a machine learning algorithm that requires the execution of only a small subset of simulations to predict the performance of thousands of different configurations, therefore speeding up the simulations process. Incorporating such an algorithm with the parallel computing environment provides almost-instant feedback.