Arun Majumdar, Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Berkeley Lab
Imagine a Zero Energy building.
Buildings are the SUVs of U.S. energy consumption, gobbling up 71% of the nation's electricity and 54% of its natural gas.
Arun Majumdar hopes to change that. He's leading a team of Berkeley Lab scientists to create a new generation of net-zero energy, carbon-neutral buildings. Majumdar's goal is to reduce today's demand by 90% in new buildings and by 50% in retrofitted old buildings by 2030.
Majumdar is leading the development of the High Performance Building Research and Implementation Center, known as HiPerBRIC, which expects to be a hub of global innovation - attracting the world's best scientists, engineers, architects, and social scientists to work on high-performance building technologies.
The HiPerBRIC vision is to transform the U.S. commercial building sector within 20 years, starting now, with energy-efficient designs and networks of digitally enabled ventilation, lighting, shading, and climate control systems that respond in near-real-time to temperature changes throughout the day and to the user's demands.
Professor Arun Majumdar received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley where he now teaches. In addition to his faculty and Berkeley Lab appointments, Professor Majumdar serves as the Director of the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute.
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