Humans and Buildings: From the Room to Campus Scale

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Date(s) - 24 Apr 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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Join the IFMA Ottawa Chapter for it’s inaugural webinar! This webinar is free for members and $10 for non-members.

DATE: April 24, 2018
TIME: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
REGISTRATION: Members can register by clicking here. Non-members must download and complete the registration form here and submit it to

Humans and Buildings: From the Room to Campus Scale

A well-designed building only performs as well as the occupants behave in it and the operators operate it. For the past seven years, the Human Building Interaction Lab, comprising of a dozen graduate students, has been focused on researching how humans interact with buildings, occupant comfort, and building usability. The research includes monitoring, modelling, and simulating occupants; developing self-learning controls and fault detection and diagnostic software; and visualizing data to enhance operator decisions. This talk will provide a series of memorable anecdotes, key research findings, and lessons learned. It is aimed at facilities managers and building owners, building designers, other building professionals.

Liam (William) O’Brien, Ph.D., P.Eng. is an associate professor and program advisor for Carleton University’s Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program and the principal investigator of the Human Building Interaction Lab. The HBI Lab is a team of 10 researchers with diverse backgrounds in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, architecture, and psychology, who focus on design and control of energy-efficient buildings, with a specialization in occupant behaviour. Prof. O’Brien has worked with approximately twenty industry and government partners and raised over $2-million in the past five years. He has authored or co-authored over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and co-edited two books on net-zero energy buildings and occupant research methods. His graduates are professors and researchers in government laboratories and industry R&D departments. He has a wide network of research collaborations due to leadership positions on three International Energy Agency Tasks and three NSERC Strategic Research Networks. Prof. O’Brien has taught four courses, including Green Building Design and Indoor Environmental Quality. He is heavily involved in the building design and research community, including serving as President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and Faculty Advisor for ASHRAE. He has chaired two academic conference, facilitated educational workshops, and given numerous keynote and plenary talks such as at TEDxRideau Canal. He has won several prestigious awards including the Carleton Research Achievement Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Outstanding Young Contributor Award.


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