Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Stefano Schiavon: The Future of Cooling

The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
Distinguished Lecture Series


Professor Stefano Schiavon

Associate Pofessor of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director, College of Environmental Design (CEDR)
University of California, Berkeley

The future of cooling

Wednesday, November 17 at 2 p.m.ET (11 a.m. PT)

(Zoom link will be sent out via email the morning of the event)


Area of interest: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Energy

Abstract: We spend most of our time in built spaces that substantially affect our health, well-being, and productivity. Conditioning the built environment has a large influence on climate change, most of which comes from the energy used to create indoor comfort. The need for cooling has been increasing globally, with most of it happening in tropical countries because of their economic and demographic growth. How can we enhance occupant satisfaction without increasing buildings’ environmental impact even further? I will present strategies to reduce the impact of air conditioning and I will show why electric fans can be both an alternative to and augmentation of air conditioning. In a remarkable number of ways, they have the potential to simultaneously reduce energy use and increase thermal comfort.

Bio: Stefano Schiavon, PhD, is Associate Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and Associate Director of CEDR. Stefano’s research is focused on finding ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings while improving occupant health, well-being and productivity. Stefano has researched sustainable architecture, air conditioning and satisfaction. He has experience in laboratory measurements, post-occupancy evaluation, and building performance simulation. Stefano is involved in the Center for the Built Environment and the SinBerBEST project. He earned a PhD in Energy Engineering (2008) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2005) with honors from the University of Padova, Italy.  He received the 2010 REHVA Young Scientist Award and 2013 ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award. He won 3 best papers awards in 2018 from the Journal Building and Environment.

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