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  • LinkedIn Article: Interaction of Ceiling Fans

    SinBerBEST 2 Theme Leader, Professor Stefano Schiavon, issued a LinkedIn article in July 2018 on ceiling fan airflows based on a climate chamber study.  In this Singapore-based experiment, SinBerBEST researcher, Aleksandra Lipczynska, Prof. Schiavon, and Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, Edward Arens, examined airflow profiles created by one fan and multiple fans using high spatial resolution air speed measurements, 5,760 and 20,160 measuring points for the two cases respectively.

  • 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.

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SinBerBEST team members, along with other along with other researchers from industry and academia,  are organizing the International Workshop on Applied Machine Learning for Intelligent Energy Systems (AMLIES) as part of the ACM e-Energy Conference 2019 at Phoenix, Arizona. The workshop's objective is to bring researchers together to discuss the underlying challenges related to the application of Machine Learning to Energy Systems, including sm

On December 16 2018, at the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, Professors Rong Su, Costas Spanos, and Xie Lihua spoke at the workshop on Smart Buildings: A Status Quo Check. Co-organised by Prof Rong Su, the workshop was held to report and showcase several recent technical progresses related to smart buildings at both individual and program levels, and some visionary discussions on the roles of IoT and formal design methods.

Research collaboration between SinBerBEST 2 and UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) resulted in three Building and Environment Best Paper Awards in 2018. 

The Building and Environment Journal is a global publication that shares novel building science and human interaction with the building environment study findings. It established these awards in 2007 to recognize authors for their papers’ originality, industry contributions, presentation quality, and science validity. Building and Environment selects three Best Paper Awards every year.

Six SinBerBEST and non-SinBerBEST researchers from UC Berkeley recently authored an article discussing innovative uses of Octet-Truss Engineered Concrete (OTEC.) It is a lightweight structure created in the empty spaces of the ultra-high performance, fiber-reinforced concrete with very-high compressive capability. OTEC leverages porous concrete’s thermal-insulating properties while sustaining strength and rigidity. Please click here to access the article. 

14 researchers from SinBerBEST, UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Florida State University, and University of Southern California recently published a paper on a platform-specific design process for smart buildings. In this case, a platform is a library, or a collection of components and their associated configurations that can be leveraged to create a design.

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