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    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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    IEEE Spectrum Article: What Does Your Smart Meter Know About You

    In June 2017, IEEE Spectrum published a feature article on how a smart meter provides information in addition to energy consumption data to the power companies.

  • Prof. Spanos and a Snapshot of Global Energy Consumption and the Benefits of SinBerBEST Technologies

    Berkeley Engineer Article: Smart Buildings in the Next Generation Infrastructure

    In the Spring 2017 issue of the Berkeley Engineer magazine, UC Berkeley Engineering researchers shared their visions about the system of the future. SinBerBEST Program Leader, Prof. Costas Spanos, imagined a world in which a network of intelligent buildings, capable of monitoring their own energy consumption, negotiate with electric power companies to sell off their energy surplus. Please click here for the full article.  

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SinBerBEST2 held its Inaugural Annual Symposium entitled: Sustainable Buildings as Cyber-Physical-Social Systems on the 6th July 2018 at CREATE, Singapore. Researchers from SinBerBEST2 presented their state-of-the-art research work over the past year. They also heard from local and international experts on topics related to energy and the built environment. A total of 100 participants attended the symposium. Finally, tours and demonstrations were offered in the Cyber-Physical testbed that was designed to facilitate research on sustainable tropical buildings.

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.

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