Yuxiang Chen

Assistant Professor

  • PhD., Building Engineering, 2013, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • MSc, Building Engineering, 2008, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • BEng., Building Engineering, 2006, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Contact information:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering
Office:  Room 6-257, Donadeo Innovation Center for Engineering
Phone:  (780) 492-4562
Email:  yuxiang.chen@ualberta.ca

Intelligent Design & Operation for Built Environment (IDOBE) research group

Goals of IDOBE:

  • High-performance buildings and communities
    • Health
    • Environment
    • Cost
  • Integrated, informative, and intelligent
    • Seamless information interoperability throughout the lifecycle of buildings, from design to construction, operation, and beyond.
    • Computational design and operation

General Information

Dr. Chen’s main interest is in high-performance buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and robustness through prefabrication, utilization of renewable energy, thermal energy storage, daylighting, and integrated design and operation.

Research Interests

  • Net-zero energy (ready) buildings;
  • Energy-efficient green houses for cold regions;
  • Modeling, design, and operation of building-integrated thermal energy storage;
  • Integrated design and operation for room thermal conditioning, daylighting, and electric lighting;
  • High-performance buildings for remote areas in cold climate;
  • Energy flexible buildings, from both grids’ and occupants’ perspectives;
  • Adaptive system identification for predictive control.

Current Projects

  • Net-zero energy ready multi-unit residential buildings;
  • Code-compliant house design for least life-cycle cost;
  • Dynamic double solar facade for new and existing buildings
  • Predictive control of hybrid ventilation in a high-rise building;
  • Eco-House – a sustainable and affordable on-campus residence;
  • Design, construction, and operation of robust buildings for Northern Canada.