Climate change is moving faster than we expected. With this rapid change comes new technologies as well as rapidly changing needs for research in building science, as we try to mobilize rapidly in order to measurably reduce carbon emissions within years instead of decades. For example, the success of solar photovoltaic electricity, coupled with heat pumps, are resulting in a push for electrification of buildings, but how can these technologies be optimized with new envelope technologies? As another example, LED lighting has also been a dramatic success, but this means that the optimum strategies for daylighting need to be changed: Less energy use means lower potential electricity savings from daylighting, so we can and must adjust window/glazing sizes and locations to reduce thermal losses, and this requires advanced modeling. And research needs also extend to areas of behavioral science: As we reduce energy use in heating and cooling, relatively more energy is used in appliances and other plug loads, and these have become a new frontier in building science. Research needs also have become more “applied”: How can we reduce the costs of already-proven technologies, how can we accelerate their adoption, how can we reach “scale” rapidly? It’s all hands on deck, and we need our best and brightest to tackle these increasingly well-defined research needs.
Ian Shapiro founded Taitem Engineering in Syracuse in 1989, now based in Ithaca, NY. He has led several applied energy conservation research projects, has led many design and energy projects, and has delivered workshops in the area of energy and ventilation. He has also led the development of several computer programs which are used in the HVAC, energy, and indoor air quality fields, including TREAT (Targeted Residential Energy Analysis Tools), which was awarded the 2005 national R&D100 Award. He also developed an innovative desiccant cooling system, for which he holds a U.S. patent. Prior to starting Taitem Engineering, he worked for seven years at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, where he designed heat pumps and air conditioning equipment, and holds eight patents from this work. He is the co-author of the books Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), both published by Wiley. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in mechanical engineering. Ian is a licensed engineer in the states of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania. He has twice been trained by Al Gore through the Climate Reality Project, most recently in October 2017.
This forum will be moderated by Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE and Associate Professor of Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.