Welcome to CBER

The “Interlock House” was Iowa State University’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in 2009. CBER led the interdisciplinary team of faculty and students. Photo by Jim Tetro, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, www.solardecathlon.org

The Center for Building Energy Research focuses on building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy production. The Center promotes design and develops and tests technologies to reduce energy consumption while maintaining and enhancing comfort, performance and productivity in a sustainable future.


Young Engineer Scientist summer intern completes program

Posted on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:44 pm

Congratulation to Mackenzie Betz for successfully completing her summer internship with the CBER NSF EPSCoR team.

Our team represented at Windsor Conference 2014

Posted on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:43 pm

Isabelle Leysens, and undergraduate architecture student, gave a presentation on her work in developing a Dynamic Visual Comfort Zone, or DViC Zone for ISU's solar home. The DViC project proposes a new set of daylighting metrics through a process of identifying opportunities for reducing the amount of necessary lighting when the occupants are out of the house, or do not need a lot of light.

Windsor Conference 2014

Posted on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:37 pm

On the weekend of April 10-12, Isabelle Leysens and Shan He from the ISU CBER team traveled to London, England to attend the 8th annual Windsor Conference, hosted on the grounds of Windsor Castle. This year's theme centered around "Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World", which aimed to look at the realities of implementing energy efficient building design and operation strategies, while maintaining a comfortable interior space.