Grant Awarded to Study Intelligent Building Ventilation Control

Assistant Professor Michael Waring, PhD (PI) and Associate Professor Jin Wen (co-PI) are recent recipients of a National Science Foundation (NSF) award titled “Intelligent Multi-Criteria Building Ventilation Control within Dynamic Urban Environments,” in the amount of $299,666 over three years.  Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) substantially impacts human health and productivity especially given that people spend the majority of their time indoors.  Acceptable indoor air quality requires ventilation.  Commercial buildings set their ventilation standards at the minimum requirements in order to save cost and prolong wear and tear on the system.  Efforts to increase ventilation can also strain the energy grid and increase poor air quality in urban areas.  The goal of this project is to develop a new framework that revaluates the current minimum ventilation requirements with the intent to promote environmental sustainability, increase occupant wellbeing, improve energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas and local pollutant emissions.  Investigators will research the next-generation of intelligent ventilation strategies for high performance green buildings.