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Dr. Andreas K. Athienitis is the Scientific Director of the NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network (2011-2016) and the founding Director of the NSERC Solar Buildings Research Network (2005-2010). He holds a Concordia University Research Chair, Tier I in Integration of Solar Energy Systems into Buildings. He obtained a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1981) from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo (1985). He was profiled as one of 25 top innovators in Quebec by Actualité Magazine (Sep. 15, 2009) and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His research interests are in solar energy engineering, energy efficiency, modeling, optimization and control of building thermal systems, building‑integrated photovoltaics and daylighting. He is the author of more than 200 refereed papers, the Mathcad electronic book "Building Thermal Analysis" and the graduate level book "Thermal Analysis and Design of Passive Solar Buildings". He is a recipient of several awards, including ASHRAE Willis H. Carrier best paper award. He was named Concordia University Research Fellow (Senior) in 2010. He has served as Associate Editor of the ISES Journal "Solar Energy" and in ASHRAE Technical Committees. He is a consultant to major utilities, government departments and the building industry. He has played a key role in the design of award-winning low energy and zero energy buildings which include building-integrated photovoltaic/thermal systems, geothermal heating/cooling and advanced daylighting. He is a subtask leader of IEA SHC Task 40 / ECBCS Annex 52 “Towards Net-zero Energy Solar Buildings” and a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).
See also www.solarbuildings.ca
Appointed to Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) (2009-present).
Member of NSERC Selection Panel for Discovery Grants in Mechanical Engineering, 2009-2012.
Member of Canadian Delegation in US-Canada Clean Energy Roundtable Dialogue, Washington, June 2009.
Subtask B (Design tools) co-leader, IEA SHC Task 40 / ECBCS Annex 52 “Towards Net-zero Energy Solar Buildings” (2008 – present)
Member of NSERC Selection Panel 2 for Strategic Grants (Energy), 2007 – 2008.
Associate Editor, Journal of the Intern. Solar Energy Society "Solar Energy", 1997-2004.
Member of the Building Operation Dynamics Technical Committee, and of the Radiant and in-space Convective Heating and Cooling Technical Committee of ASHRAE (2004-2006).
Consultant for the design of several green buildings which include features such as advanced daylighting systems, ground cooling/heating, hybrid ventilation, photovoltaics and thermal storage.
Consultant to Hydro Quebec (2006-present); performed a study on the “State-of-the-Art of Low-energy Housing in Canada”.
Member, Order of Engineers of Quebec
Member, Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Member, International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
Research activities are focused on integration of solar energy systems into buildings to generate electricity, useful heat and for daylighting. My long term vision is the realization of solar buildings operating in Canada as integrated advanced technological systems that generate in an average year as much energy as they consume. To achieve this goal, in collaboration with leading researchers across the country, we have established the SBRN. A new NSERC strategic research network that will continue and expand the work of SBRN and focused on smart net-zero energy buildings is about to start.
A key element of our approach is that solar technologies are integrated in an optimal manner with energy efficiency measures, with the building envelope and with HVAC systems, so the potential energy savings are even higher than separately applying the two approaches and reductions in total cost may be realized.
I am looking for new graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with strong backgrounds in building engineering or mechanical engineering and related fields (applied physics, architectural engineering etc) to work in exciting projects using a new state-of-the-art solar simulator and environmental chamber – an internationally unique laboratory.
Funded by NSERC, NRCan, CMHC, Hydro Quebec and other industries in the SBRN:
Major research facilities of my team are the Solar-Daylighting lab on the 16th floor of the EV building and the newly built Solar simulator – Environmental Chamber Laboratory. The Solar-Daylighting lab and its adjacent atrium as well as the roof of EV and BE will be used for many unique projects of the Network. A variety of equipment has been acquired, including solar instruments, infrared camera, particle image velocimetry system and heat flow meters. Our lab also includes an artificial sky (3 x 3 x 3 m) facility.
The large scale solar simulator shown in the figure below (left) integrated with a two-storey high environmental chamber (right) is a unique facility that will allow the testing and development of building-integrated solar systems and advanced envelope assemblies under a broad range of simulated outdoor temperatures and solar radiation levels.
Concordia solar simulator testing BIPV/T air collector in horizontal position (can vary tilt angle from vertical to horizontal).
Dr. Athienitis and his students played a key role in the design of the EcoTerra - an innovative solar house built under the EQuilibrium housing demonstration program conducted by CMHC. The house includes roof building-integrated photovoltaic/thermal (BIPV/T) systems designed by Athienitis and his students. Simulation models for research, design and control, as well as innovative whole-house energy systems aimed at achieving net-zero annual energy consumption have been developed. These systems integrate our BIPV/T designs with existing technologies such as passive solar and ground source heat pumps. A BIPV/T roof based on concepts and designs developed by our group was built as a complete prefabricated module in the factory of our partner Alouette Homes, who received the "Reconnaissance - Recherche et développement en habitation" award of the Quebec Construction Association in 2008 with special mention of our team’s role in the research. This is the first time that a complete roof section is built as a hybrid solar-thermal and electricity generating system (BIPV/T roof), complete with wiring, ducting and ready for assembly with other building modules.
The most recent demonstration project involving a full scale facade-integrated BIPV/T system at the JMSB building of Concordia University received much international attention, including a special program on Discovery Channel (http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip163486). It is the world’s first fully functional architecturally integrated BIPV/T façade to use high efficiency distributed air inlet technology.
EcoTerra demonstration with BIPV/T system (top roof)
Dr. Athienitis with the JMSB solar façade system in the background
I am currently supervising 6 Ph.D and 4 M.A.Sc. students, as well as two researchers. Employers of graduated students include Purdue University, Carleton University, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, SNC- Lavalin, Natural Resources Canada – CANMET, Hong Kong Polytechnic and several large engineering design and consulting firms.
Students interested in my Network projects may contact the Network Project Coordinator Lyne Dee email@example.com or myself.
SELECTED RECENT REFEREED JOURNAL PAPERS (student names in boldface)
BOOKS AND CONTRIBUTION TO BOOK CHAPTERS
BLDG 6951 SOLAR BUILDING DESIGN
Design principles of solar buildings, including direct gain, indirect gain and solaria. Analytical and computer models of passive systems. Performance of glazing systems, transparent insulation, and airflow windows. Building-integrated photovoltaic systems. Thermal storage sizing for solar energy
storage; phase-change thermal storage. Thermosyphon collectors. Prevention of overheating, shading systems and natural ventilation.
ENGR 681 ENERGY RESOURCES: CONVENTIONAL AND RENEWABLE
Depletion of conventional energy sources and emission of greenhouse gases. Principles of renewable energy systems; production of electrical and thermal energy, photovoltaic systems, wind power, fuel cells, hybrid systems. Reduction in carbon dioxide and other emissions. Hydrogen and other forms of energy storage for renewable power production. Integrated energy systems for buildings and automobiles. Small-scale renewable energy systems for buildings; independent versus grid-connected systems.
BLDG 6731 BUILDING ILLUMINATION AND DAYLIGHTING
Production, measurement and control of light. Photometric quantities, visual perception and colour theory. Daylight and artificial illumination systems. Radiative transfer, fixture and lamp characteristics, control devices and energy conservation techniques. Design of lighting systems. Solar energy utilization and daylighting. Integration of lighting systems with mechanical systems for energy conservation and sustainable development. Students will complete a design or research project.
BLDG 6661 HYGROTHERMAL PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE
Modelling of building envelope thermal performance. Thermal bridges and stresses. Moisture transfer and accumulation. Thermal storage systems integrated in the building envelope. Advanced glazings and evaluation of window performance. Experimental techniques for performance evaluation of the building envelope; infrared thermography, guarded hot box and calibrated hot box tests.