TCMP John L. Tishman Distinguished Lecture

Start Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center

Chimay J. Anumba

Title: Informatics Support for Advanced Building Energy Retrofits


It is recognized that buildings account for about 40% of the energy use in most industrialized countries.
This makes reducing energy use in buildings an important component of energy conservation and
carbon demand reduction initiatives.In this regard, the retrofitting of existing buildings will have much
greater impact than efforts that focus primarily on new buildings.

While there is variability in the extent of retrofits, it is expected that deep retrofits or advanced energy
retrofits will considerably reduce building energy use, while also regenerating significant economic
activity in the building sector.

This lecture will draw primarily (but not exclusively) on the approach being adopted in the US
Department of Energy-funded $129m innovation hub for energy efficient buildings, which is led by the
Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University. The key tasks being undertaken
as part of the project will be described as well as their broader implications. Special emphasis will be
placed on the role of informatics (e.g. building information modeling, BIM; decision support systems;
and integrated change and knowledge management) in facilitating advanced building energy retrofits.


Chimay Anumba is Professor and Head, Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate – D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) - from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. His research interests focus on aspects of advanced engineering informatics. He has over 450 scientific publications, and more than $150m in research grants. He has also supervised 40 doctoral graduates and mentored more than 20 postdoctoral scholars. A professional engineer and a Fellow of the ASCE, ICE, IStructE and the CIOB, he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering) in 2012.

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