Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Commercial Building Energy Research at ASHRAE


Dr. Bruce Hunn


Director of Strategic Technical Programs, ASHRAE


Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. William Wepfer, School Chair


Dr. Hunn will describe ASHRAE’s standards, research, and special projects related to the development of net-zero energy commercial buildings. Emphasis will be placed on the development of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 (the minimum design standard for commercial building energy use) and its future plans and the recently published Standard 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings). ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide Series for new and existing commercial buildings, its recently published Indoor Air Quality Design guide, and the forthcoming building performance measurement protocols document will be discussed. Finally, current ASHRAE research in support of net-zero energy buildings and indoor environmental quality will be presented.


Bruce Hunn has served as ASHRAE’s director of strategic technical programs since 2008. Prior to that, he served as the Society’s director of technology since 1997. Hunn oversees ASHRAE’s special projects, such as the Advanced Energy Design Guide series, the recently published Advanced indoor Air Quality guide, the forthcoming Performance Measurement Protocols for Commercial Buildings, and other documents that will provide design guidance to achieve net-zero-energy buildings.. He is developing strategic collaborations with several other organizations and Federal agencies; he served on the Research Committee and Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the US Green Buildings Council from 2006-2009. Prior to joining ASHRAE, Hunn served as head of the Building Energy Systems Program, Center for Energy Studies, the University of Texas at Austin. There, he directed research programs addressing energy use in buildings, including developing and applying building energy analysis computer programs in the analysis of heating/cooling systems for reduced peak demand and fossil fuel use in buildings. He also developed a building energy standard for the state of Texas and headed a five-year study on energy use patterns in Texas state facilities. In addition to being an ASHRAE Fellow, he is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). He has held several leadership positions in ASES, including chairman in 1986 and 1987. Hunn has authored or co-authored more than 105 articles, technical reports and papers, along with eight books or chapters, including Solar Heating Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications. He has given numerous presentations on topics related to passive solar energy, energy efficiency in buildings, and fabric solar shades for residential and commercial buildings. He holds a doctorate, a master of science and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, as well as a bachelor of arts in engineering from the University of Redlands.