11 March 2015

Dual Degree Ph.D. Student Publishes at the Environmental Science Technology

Building Codes Can Help to Save Environment 

In an effort to decrease global energy expenditures, more countries are implementing and updating their building codes, for private and commercial constructions. This is the focus of the paper written by the dual degree Ph.D. student Nathaniel Gilbraith, from Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL) and CMU, with his advisor Inês Azevedo and with Paula Jaramillo, both researchers at CMU that was recently published in the prestigious journal Environmental Science & Technology. 
Titled “Evaluating the Benefits of Commercial Building Energy Codes and Improving Federal Incentives for Code Adoption”, the paper explores the social and private benefits of implementing the ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 in the United States, which is viewed as a stricter commercial building comparatively to previous legislation.