Paul Raftery

Closed (1) Cutting carbon emissions from large existing buildings

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This is part of a large, multi-year research project focusing on reducing carbon emissions from existing commercial buildings. The project involves demonstrations in large office buildings, laboratory studies, field studies, and broad data analysis efforts. There is lots more information about the project in the website linked below.


Successful applicants will assist in acquiring and analyzing timeseries data from heating hot water systems in commercial buildings. The aim is to better characterize those loads and to assess the benefits and costs of switching to all electric systems. As part of this, students will gain practical experience in data analysis methods, learn about Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems in commercial buildings, and get to work on a project that will directly reduce carbon emissions in the real world.

Qualifications: We are looking for folks who are highly motivated, dependable, analytical, conscientious, intellectually curious individuals. Attention to detail is very important, as is the ability to work well independently and collaboratively. Required: this type of research requires an understanding of physical systems, so applicants should have a background in engineering or physical sciences with some knowledge of data analysis methods. Desirable but not essential: ) A mechanical engineering background with an understanding of thermodynamics and/or heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. ) Experience doing data analysis using R

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/research/reducing-gas-consumption/