THE BUILDING ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTS PROGRAM


 

 

photo of student working with test dummy in indoor environment

 

 

 

 

 

The Building Energy and Environments program at the University of Texas at Austin consists of a community of over 35 scholars (faculty, staff, post-docs and students) who investigate a wide range of issues related to building environments.

 

Program research focuses on:

Energy flows and conservation methods
Moisture transport, control and effects
Microbial growth and fate
Sources of VOCs, SVOCs, and particles
Transport of indoor pollutants
Homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions
Physical removal of gases and particles on surfaces
Human exposure to indoor pollutants
Control of indoor pollutants
   

WHY IS THE STUDY OF BUILDING ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTS IMPORTANT?


 

 

 

Residental and commercial buildings account for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy consumption

 

 

 

Worldwide building energy use accounts for 33% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

 

On average, Americans spend over 21 hours per day inside of buildings; the most vulnerable (infants and elderly) spend even more time indoors

 

 

 

The exposure of Americans to toxic air pollutants is dominated by what we breathe indoors, and corresponding health risks dwarf other environmental issues.

 

 

 

Indoor air pollution is responsible for 5,000 premature deaths every day in developing countries.  Women and children are particularly affected.

 

 

 

Studies have shown that improved indoor air quality can raise the test scores of school children.

 

 

 

 

Reasonable changes in building design and operation to improve indoor environmental quality may have annual economic benefits (in terms of worker productivity ) on the order of tens of billions of dollars in the U.S.

 

 

 

If designed and operated properly, buildings can be shelters that substantially reduce population exposures to harmful outdoor air pollution
For more information about the BEE program contact:
Ms. Dori Eubank (512) 471-4903 or indoor@engr.utexas.edu
http://www.caee.utexas.edu