DAYLIGHTING AND ENERGY IN BUILDINGS

The sustainability movement has brought the importance of using natural light optimally to the forefront of responsible architectural practice. Utilization of daylight in indoor spaces creates opportunities for energy savings and is linked to increasing productivity in the workplace. This focus area, explores various performance measures linked to natural lighting, as well as general building energy investigations.


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

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.

 
In-progress operational energy simulation of a neighborhood in Austin, TX.

In-progress operational energy simulation of a neighborhood in Austin, TX.

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

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).

 
Policies/incentives and political map chart for LEED residential market share in the US.  (Rakha, T., Shin, D. and Moss, T. “A decade analysis of transitioning residential LEED communities in the United States,” In Proceedings of PLEA 2017, 02-05 July, Edinburgh: Scotland.)

Policies/incentives and political map chart for LEED residential market share in the US. 
(Rakha, T., Shin, D. and Moss, T. “A decade analysis of transitioning residential LEED communities in the United States,” In Proceedings of PLEA 2017, 02-05 July, Edinburgh: Scotland.)

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

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.