DAYLIGHTING AND ENERGY IN BUILDINGS

Buildings account for an approximate range between one third and one half of greenhouse gas production in cities around the world, and the role design plays in mitigating built environment impacts is critical. There is an urgent need to improve energy efficiency and integrate renewable sources, while enhancing the lives of individuals and communities that consume, and in some cases, produce energy. This focus area, explores various performance measures linked to natural lighting, as well as general building energy investigations.


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MicroCam: A Low Power and Privacy Preserving Multi-modal Sensor Platform for Occupancy Detection and Counting

2018 - 2021

This project will develop a low-cost, high-accuracy sensor platform that accurately detects human presence inside buildings to dramatically reduce energy use in residential settings.

Team Members:

Senem Velipasalar (PI), Pramod Varshney (Co-PI), Can Isik (Co-PI), Sek Chai (Co-PI) and Tarek Rakha (co-PI).

Partners:

SRI International, Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) and Center for Advanced Systems Engineering (CASE)

Funded By:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) – United States Department of Energy (US DOE)

 
 Data clustering for urban building energy modeling (UBEM)

Data clustering for urban building energy modeling (UBEM)

Community Energy:
Technical and Social Challenges and Integrative Solutions

2017 - 2018

This planning project brings together residents and stakeholders in the Mueller
community of Austin, Texas, to create knowledge and tools to develop a Community Energy program that will serve as a model for other communities across the U.S.

Team Members:

Jason Dedrick (PI), Tarek Rakha (Co-PI), Bess Krietemeyer (Co-PI), Rawad El Kontar, Stephanie Haller and Elena Echarri

Partners:

Pecan Institute and Syracuse University, School of Information Studies (I-School)

Funded By:

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

 
 Electrochromic glazing at the SyracuseCoE

Electrochromic glazing at the SyracuseCoE

Daylighting for Cognition: Improving Cognitive Performance and Well-being in Office Environments using Electrochromic Glazing

2016 - 2018

This study focuses on measuring the non-visual effects of daylighting controlled by electrochromic glazing on cognitive performance in the workplace. 

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha (PI), Mariana Figueiro (Co-PI) and Michael Kalish (Co-PI) and Emily Greer.

Partners:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology (PSY).

Funded By:

SageGlass.

 
 Operational energy simulation of the Mueller community of Austin, Texas.

Operational energy simulation of the Mueller
community of Austin, Texas.

VIS-SIM: A Framework for Designing Neighborhood Energy Efficiency through Data Visualization and Calibrated Urban Building Energy Simulation

2016 - 2017

A new generation of urban building energy models (UBEMs) are currently being developed to estimate neighborhood-scale hourly energy demand loads. The objectives of this research are to visualize relationships between energy-flow subjects that are not yet integrated within existing UBEMs.

Team Members:

Bess Krietemeyer (PI), Tarek Rakha (Co-PI), Jason Dedrick (Co-PI), Rutuja Ganoo, Previously: Beilei Ren and Sarah Ritchey.

Partners:

Pecan Institute and Syracuse University, School of Information Studies (I-School)

Funded By:

Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE).

 
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    (Rakha, T., Moss T. W. and Shin, D., 2018. "A decade analysis of residential LEED buildings market share in the United States: Trends for transitioning sustainable societies," Sustainable Cities and Society, 39; 568-577. DOI:  10.1016/j.scs.2018.02.04 )

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Learning from LEED: Informing Future Home Building Practices through Analysis of LEED-H Market Adoption

2015 - 2016

This project is a thorough investigation of various LEED certification levels for residential buildings across the nation and across scales, with a preliminary meta analysis followed by granular building-by-building investigation.

Team Members:

Tarek Rakha (PI), Tom Lumpkin (Co-PI), Todd Moss (Co-PI), Derek Shin and Colin Hoover.

Partners:

US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Funded By:

Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), Whitman School of Management.