Towards Designing and retrofitting Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings

By Prof. Moncef Krarti, University of Colorado, USA.

Prof. Moncef Krarti
University of Colorado, USA.

The presentation overviews the needs and the benefits for designing and retrofitting buildings to be sustainable, smart, and resilient. In particular, tools and metrics are outlined to ensure buildings are operated efficiently and intelligently to meet the needs of occupants as well as the grids under various conditions. Moreover, a wide range of technologies is presented to ensure that buildings are designed and operated to be sustainable, smart, and responsive to the occupants and the grid. The technologies span from switchable building envelope materials to integrated heating and cooling systems as well as smart controls using machine learning to adapt the operation of energy systems to occupant behaviors and living patterns. Moreover, case studies of buildings designed to be efficient and intelligent are outlined throughout the presentation.


Moncef Krarti, Professor, Associate Chair, and Director, Building Systems Program, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, has a vast experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to buildings. He also directed several projects in energy management of buildings. In particular, he has conducted over 1000 energy audits of various residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. He has a published a textbook on energy audit of building systems that is widely used to teach energy audit techniques. Moreover, he has conducted several training workshops and courses in energy analysis of building energy systems using state-of-the-art measurement and simulation techniques. In addition to his experience as an international consultant in energy efficiency, Prof. Krarti has published over 200 technical journals and handbook chapters in various fields related to energy efficiency and energy conservation. As part of his activities as a professor at the University of Colorado, he has managed the energy management center at the University of Colorado. He has also helped the development of similar energy efficiency centers in other countries including Brazil, Mexico, and Tunisia. Dr. Krarti has an extensive experience in promoting building energy efficiency technologies and policies overseas, including the development of building energy codes and energy efficiency training programs in several countries, including Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and collaborative research with over ten countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.