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Building Science at UC Berkeley

The Building Science Laboratory at Berkeley provides facilities design and management research and education

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california c&d construction and demolition debris recycling green solutions Building Science at the University of California Berkeley is dedicated to the energy efficiency and environmental quality of buildings. Its underlying premise is that energy-use patterns and environmental quality are related, and that this relationship contains great opportunities to improve the built environment. Building Science also has the objective of breaking down the compartmentalized decision-making that now characterizes building practice. Its research and teaching address the decisions made by architects, engineers, specifiers, facilities managers, and owners.

The Building Science Laboratory, established in 1980. The Laboratory operates in partnership with the University of California Energy Institute (UCEI), an organization dedicated to energy research across the University of California's nine campuses. Energy efficiency and environmental quality decisions are important, because they affect:

  • building occupants (who on average spend over ninety percent of their lives indoors, and whose health and productivity is influenced by the environment of the workplace)
  • buildings' energy use (in aggregate over one-third of our nation's energy consumption)
  • building costs (one of the largest categories of the nation's capital outlay)

The Building Science Group at Berkeley influences practice and improve the environmental quality of buildings by educating members of the building professions and by providing new technical information to the building professions and industry.

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Current research projects in Building Science:

  • Automotive Interface for the UC Berkeley Multinode Model of Human Thermal Comfort
  • Problem detection in Air Handlers
  • The Impact of Ventilation Control Methods on Worker Productivity
  • Coordination and Control of Electrical Loads
  • Using Occupant Feedback to Improve Building Operations
  • Workplace Productivity Database
  • Laboratory Field Studies/Performance Feedback
  • Facility/Energy Management and Information Systems
  • Climate data for the design and assessment of alternative cooling technologies in California
  • Technology transfer for alternatives to compressive cooling
  • Alternatives to compressive cooling in California transition zones - development of advanced prototype controls for California residences
  • Development of final building design for the alternatives to compressive cooling project
  • Evaporative cooling in non-residential buildings: a field study of energy and environmental performance
  • Federal energy management program: short-term chiller performance evaluation tool
  • Design tools for predicting air motion in naturally ventilated buildings
  • ASHRAE investigation of thermal comfort at high humidity
  • A field study of PEM performance in Bank of America's San Francisco office buildings
  • Therm/window program development
  • Efficient systems for thermal energy distribution: reducing fan energy in built up systems(phase II)
  • Comparative evaluation of daylighting/energy simulation software for California application
Building Science Laboratory of UC Berkeley



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