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  • Occupant's thermal preference in response to setpoints and fans

    LinkedIn Article: Ceiling fans can increase thermal comfort

    In May 2018, SinBerBEST 2 Theme Lead, Professor Stefano Schiavon, published a LinkedIn article sharing recent research findings of using ceiling fans in a Singapore office building. In this study, SinBerBEST researcher, Aleksandra Lipczynska, Prof. Schiavon, and Center for Built Environment Research Specialist, Lindsay Graham, evaluated how increased room temperatures and air movement impacted the white-collar workers’ thermal comfort and their self-reported productivity.

  • SVInsight Article: Nelumbo

    SVInsight recently covered Nelumbo, the hydrophobic/ ice-phobic coatings company that was founded by SinBerBEST researchers led by Prof. Hayden Taylor, in Chinese. The article discussed how the company uses chemical engineering techniques to improve heat transfer research, advance current refrigeration technology, and impact the refrigeration, air conditioning, central heating, and electrical car industries.

  • Building-in-Briefcase

    Berkeley Engineering Article: Building-in-Briefcase

    In October 2017, Berkeley Engineering highlighted an easy-to-use, cost-effective, building condition and usage monitoring tool that was developed by SinBerBEST researchers working with Professor Costas SpanosKevin Weekly, Ming Jin, and Ruoxi Jia, co-developed this device, the Building-in-Briefcase (BiB) system. Each BiB set can measure the detailed environmental conditions of a sizable residence, a medium-sized office suite, or any other similarly sized space in the built environment.

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The Structural Safety Journal will be publishing research findings from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore, Chungbuk National University, and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya on using performance-based engineering and multi-criteria decision analysis for designing sustainable and resilient buildings. Please click on the link to download the full article.

Applied Energy, a peer-reviewed, academic journal that focuses on energy engineering research, has a special issue on "Energy-cyber-physical Systems" that will be published in the February 2019 edition. The special issue is led by Prof. Costas Spanos, SBB2 Program Leader. Please click here for details on the Call for Papers. Paper submission for the Energy-cyber-physical Systems edition will start on May 1, 2018.

The SinBerBEST Renewal program (SBB2) has been approved for funding by the National Research Foundation. It commenced on 1 June 2017 and will end on 31 May 2022.

Building on the considerable research investments and successes from the current SinBerBEST program, the SBB2 team will continue to innovate building technologies for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with renewed, greater emphases on technology transfer and commercialization, and closer collaboration with the Singapore agencies.

Nature.com's Scientific Reports recently published research findings from UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the characterization of photocatalytic TiO2 powder under different conditions. They used an advanced XPS with synchrotron radiation light source to explore the surface changes of bulk photocatalytic TiO2 powder under near ambient pressure with the sequential supply and termination of UV irradiation, water moisture, and oxygen.

PhD student Krishnanand Radhakrishnan and Dr. Joymala Moirangthem of NUS received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies for their work titled "GIS Integrated Automation of a Near Real-Time Power-Flow Service for Electrical Grids."

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