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  • 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.

  • Refrigerator made using Ice-NTM material (Left) vs. Refrigerator made using standard materials (Right)

    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.

  • 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.

News

The Science Journal published research findings from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Cambridge on CO2 conversion using renewable energy. Professor Joel Ager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California at Berkeley, and Professor Alexei Lapkin, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at University of Cambridge, discussed their viewpoints on utilizing surplus renewable grid electricity to transform carbon dioxide into commodity chemicals.

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.

Prof. Costas Spanos is the Interim BEARS Director and CEO, effective immediately. BEARS is grateful to Dr. Eicke Weber, the outgoing BEARS Director and CEO, for his efforts to the organization.

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.

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