Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE);
Fellow of Chartered Institution of Buildings ( FCIOB); Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA);
Member of American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (MASHRAE);
Advisory member of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies;
Committee member of the China Green Building Council;
Chartered Engineer Registered in UK Engineering Council (CEng).
Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier).
Climate responsive building and energy system design for indoor thermal environments
China has pledged to peak carbon by 2030. The building sector contributes more than one-third of the carbon emission of the country currently and the figure is projected to increase due to economic growth and urbanization. In particular, the energy demand of heating and cooling for improving the indoor thermal environment has experienced considerable growth. The region with hot summer and cold winter (HSCW), according to the climatic division for building design in China, is one of the five distinguished climate zones, which has the highest national population density with 21% of the urban residential population. It contains approximately 9 billion m2 of building stock, of which residential building accounts for 66%. There is no central heating system in this region due to the historical energy policy, and the indoor thermal environment in winter is severe. There is an urgent and growing demand to improve the summer and winter indoor thermal environment in this region, wherewith no doubt the energy demand for heating and cooling will increase significantly thus exacerbating carbon emissions and environmental pollution. This speech presents an integrated approach to the solutions of heating and cooling of buildings. The contents of this speech include a review of energy policies for buildings, identification of the current problems and issues in buildings in the context of energy efficiency, climate fine zoning method for the region, thermal comfort demand and adaptive behavior, energy flexibility and multi-criteria decision-making method for the optimal building and system design and operation. The proposed optimal design and operation strategies are tested in the demonstration buildings. The measurements of the energy performance will be discussed. The research outcomes provided evidence and guidance to policy-makers, designers and facilities managers toward the development of low energy buildings with improved indoor thermal environments.
Prof. Runming Yao is a Lead Academic of Design and Management of Sustainable Built Environments at the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading. She currently seconds in Chongqing University acting as the Director of the Joint International Research Lab of Green Buildings & Built Environment funded by the Ministry of Education of China. She is a peer review College Member of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She has been a referee for numerous research councils including Netherlands (NOW), Portugal (FCT) Natural sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Government of Canada Research Program. Ministry of Science and Technology China (MOST) and, Hong Kong (RGC). She has broad research interests in the sustainable built environment with focuses on energy efficiency and environment in buildings. She has published widely in the areas of thermal comfort and wellbeing, building performance assessment, energy modelling, urban microclimates, and HVAC system and energy management. She currently has completed a large national research R&D project and UK China research grant on the solutions of heating and cooling of buildings in the Yangtze River region, (125 million Yuan). She has won a National Science and Technology Award in China.