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The Built Environment Decarbonization (BEDA)

United Nations underscores the paramount significance of the building and construction sector in the battle against global climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reveals that this sector is responsible for a staggering share of global greenhouse gas emissions—accounting for approximately 37% of global energy and 40% of annual global CO2 emissions. My expertise as a Building Scientist and Environmental Engineering Researcher encompasses extensive practical and theoretical experience in decarbonizing the built environment, aiming to mitigate its environmental footprint and human health impacts.

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This research theme is centered on the assessment, visualization, and benchmarking of life cycle embodied carbon in new construction and renovations, promoting the adaptive reuse of existing structures and the adoption of innovative low-carbon construction methods.

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This research theme is centered on building renovation and reducing energy burden. The building stock in the United States, with commercial buildings averaging 53 years and residential properties 40 years, presents a prime opportunity for energy and carbon emission reductions through renovations. Additionally, low-income households, which make up 46 million of the U.S. population face an energy cost burden


This research delves into the built environment's effect on human health, leveraging the findings from the previous two areas. It was outlined in my second book, published by Springer in 2020, and established the foundation for my advanced research, discussing digital technologies and passive design’s impact on human health.

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