The Center for Building Energy Research (CBER) focuses on strategies to reduce energy consumption in buildings using effective building design and efficient and renewable energy sources and technologies. The Center supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research between disciplines such as architecture, agriculture, geological and atmospheric sciences, business, mechanical, construction and electrical engineering, material science and engineering as well as interior design, environmental psychology and behavioral science.
Reducing Energy Consumption
CBER endeavors to reduce energy consumption include reducing heat gain and loss through the building envelopes and using renewable resources like solar power and wind energy, natural ventilation, energy modeling and performance simulation. The Center also works to improve the efficiency of HVAC systems and industrial processes, improve indoor air quality, enhance human comfort and productivity while reducing waste, implementing alternative energy sources, and promoting green building technology in building designs.
Resource to Students, Industry and Government
The Center also provides opportunities for technical and continuing education. CBER serves as a resource for undergraduate and graduate students, building operators and others involved in building energy technology and issues. The center also works with industry and government agencies to develop energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, processes and equipment. Many of CBER's research efforts focus on solving problems affecting people living in Iowa and the Midwest, helping to reduce energy usage and improve air quality. CBER was the 'home' for the Iowa State 2009 Solar Decathlon Team, and has recently installed a data acquisition system in the Interlock House, which is reassembled at its permanent location at Iowa DNR’s Honey Creek Resort State Park as their activity center. The research team will monitor the energy performance of the house at least over one annual cycle.