Since its founding, the School of Architecture has been known for its technological innovation and experimentation. This legacy continues with laboratories and programs that research sustainable and regenerative design through leading-edge building energy technologies and integration. Publications and programs provide educational resources to the professional community.
The Building Energy Technology Laboratory (BETlab) is a research group concerned with the development of a sustainable built environment through building energy technologies, and design issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings. Research areas include:
- Building Energy Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization
- Building Performance Measurement & Verification (M&V)
- HVAC Control Optimization using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) technologies
- Sustainable (High-Performance) Building Design
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) & Performance Monitoring
- Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies
Building Systems Integration
The mission of the Building Systems Integration (BSI) program is to research how design can improve health and energy performances of the built environment, and to develop integrated building systems that involve daylighting, structural, mechanical, interior furnishings, and outdoor environmental elements. It includes research collaborations with the College of Engineering in advanced modeling systems for simulating the performance of built environments, and in sustainable energy and material exchanges ranging in scale from building components and subsystems to strategies for cities. It provides services to the design community to formulate, evaluate, and advance design strategies and to building industries to invent, test, commercialize, and market innovative daylighting and building energy.