Navigation Links
Buildings of the future
Date:9/3/2013

This news release is available in French.

Montreal, September 13, 2013 From office towers to shopping malls, educational institutions to the homes we live in, buildings account for roughly half of all electricity consumed in Canada. Thanks to new research funding for Concordia University, buildings may soon become less of a power drain and source of pollution.

More than $2 million in funding made possible by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Hydro-Qubec, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Rgulvar will create the new Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in "Optimized Operation and Energy Efficiency: toward High Performance Buildings" at Concordia. The goal of this new research endeavour is simple: make buildings cleaner, greener and smarter.

"This support is visionary because it aims to transform the built environment for generations to come," says Concordia President Alan Shepard. "The research program will test the latest technologies and teach graduates how to apply sustainable practices in buildings across Canada and around the world."

The funding for this research chair will go toward a research and training program focused primarily on commercial and institutional buildings. One of the key areas of study will be the development of new techniques to reduce buildings' electricity consumption during peak demand periods, like over the dinner hour, throughout extremely cold days in winter and during heat waves.

"We're going to be working on developing and testing 'smart' features, such as computerized technology that can predict energy demand, integrated systems like solar panels, and heat-storage technologies," says Andreas Athienitis, the inaugural chairholder.

Athienitis and his graduate students will carry out case studies on existing buildings in which, through retrofits, they will attempt to prove the validity of techniques they have developed through their research.

Athienitis, a professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the Concordia University Research Chair in "Integration of Solar Energy Systems into Buildings," as well as scientific director of the Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network (SNEBRN), a nationwide university initiative headquartered at Concordia. SNEBRN's goal is to invent and implement technologies that make it possible for buildings to generate as much energy as they consume (net-zero), or even to produce more energy than they consume. Athienitis is also Director of Concordia's Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies, a key group that will collaborate with the Chair.


'/>"/>

Contact: Clea Desjardins
clea.desjardins@concordia.ca
514-848-242-45068
Concordia University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. CUNY Energy Institute battery system could reduce buildings electric bills
2. Cool pavements, warm buildings, rising electricity bills
3. A Future-Proof Approach to Intelligent Buildings
4. The future of plant science - a technology perspective
5. The future of plant science a technology perspective
6. Is seaweed the future of biofuel?
7. Algae biofuels: the wave of the future
8. Researchers identify Achilles heel of dengue virus, target for future vaccines
9. Desert to Rainforest global classroom links future teachers, classrooms in Phoenix and Panama
10. New technologies for a blue future
11. Research is ensuring stormwater systems are designed for the future
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2017)... April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D ... will run alongside the expo portion of the event ... and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing ... and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... to grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during the period 2017-2021. ... been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from ... prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... , April 6, 2017 Forecasts ... ANPR, Document Readers, by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government ... Oil, Gas & Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, ... Other) Are you looking for a definitive ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/28/2017)... June 28, 2017 Michael Zasloff , ... University School of Medicine, and Founder, Chairman and CEO ... study that has helped clarify the function of alpha-Synuclein ... other neurodegenerative diseases. Denise Barbut , MD, FRCP, ... was senior co-author of the study. Published ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... New York and London, June 28, 2017 (PRWEB) , ... ... ... The latest release of Siemens’ STAR-CCM+® software for multiphysics ... features which enable automated product design exploration and optimization. STAR-CCM+ version 12.04 ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... mirroring wellness product via Kickstarter campaign on June 15th to fund production of ... the B2v2, exceeding the original Kickstarter goal by more than 150% in a ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... DuPont gains exclusive rights to the ERS patent portfolio covering CRISPR-Cas genome editing ... commercialize the foundational intellectual property (IP) of the CRISPR-Cas technology from co-inventor and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: