Introduction of the Research Institute in ACROSS

Research Institute for Building Environmental Design

~ Smart House and Building ~
Future life style with comfort, healthiness, and energy savings

Director : Prof. Shin-ichi TANABE

Researching the effect that energy consumption and generation in smart houses and smart buildings gives to the grid, community, and society. Also, we are developing technologies for Zero Energy House (ZEH) and Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) with high regard for comfort and healthiness.

■Research themes

Researchers from the fields of architecture, electric power, and machinery collaborate to conduct research into new relationships between energy and housing, building, and the city. Energy savings in the fields of housing and building were promoted, focusing on building functions and higher functionality in equipment. In recent years, with advances in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and the smart grid, it has become extremely important to think about how to effectively utilize those advances in energy for housing and architecture, and conversely to consider how they will impact the grid, local regions, and society. In that regard, we will conduct the following three research initiatives.
  1. 1. R&D concerning collaborative power/architectural methods to make major reductions in energy consumption by consumers (households, and business use by offices, shops, etc.), which accounts for 34% of energy consumption in Japan, and how to reduce peak energy use. For that purpose, we are surveying smart houses and smart buildings in Japan and overseas.
  2. 2. Reduce the energy load by using smart materials for window systems and related control systems made with high-performance insulation, glass, window sashes, and blinds. Also, in addition to making air circulation systems, air conditioners, and heaters more efficient, develop integrated design methods for photovoltaic, solar heating, cogeneration, and other methods to use natural energy efficiently. Conducting empirical research into zero-energy housing (ZEH) and zero-energy buildings (ZEB).
  3. 3. Using a smart grid test simulator, not just to examine energy conservation performance at the level of individual ZEH (houses) and ZEB (buildings), but to take up energy problems and propose solutions to problems at the regional and city level. For that purpose, HEMS, BEMS, and CEMS simulations are necessary. In the future, we will examine natural energy usage depending on each region, and city energy usage based on life style energy consumption patterns, in order to be able to effectively use the natural environmental characteristics of each region.
If we only try to make the maximum reduction in energy use in houses and buildings, the occupants’ living environment might suffer. For that reason, we are building this housing and architectural environment research platform, in order to realize higher QOL living functions and design, human activity, livability, and architecture, human factors, as well as energy conservation.
  • 「ゼロエネルギーハウス」 ©TakeshiYAMAGISHI」
    [Zero-energy house] ©TakeshiYAMAGISHI
  • fig2 「温熱環境・光環境の最適制御(デジタル環境設計)」
    fig 2 “Warm environment, light environment optimal controls (digital environment design)”

Project members

Director : Shin-ichi TANABE (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Researchers
Director : Shin-ichi TANABE (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Yasuhiro HAYASHI (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Yoshiharu AMANO (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Nobuaki FURUYA (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Haruhiko GOTO (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Hiroto TAKAGUCHI (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Shinji WAKAO (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Noboru MURATA (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Contact
TANABE Shin-ichi Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Engineering
#55-N-701 Department of Architecture,
Waseda University
3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8555, Japan
Tel:03-5292-5083 (EX: 75-3278)
Fax:03-5292-5084
E-mail:[email protected]
Website
TANABE Shin-ichi Laboratory http://www.tanabe.arch.waseda.ac.jp
  • 「ゼロエネルギーハウス」 ©TakeshiYAMAGISHI」
    [Zero-energy house] ©TakeshiYAMAGISHI
  • fig2 「温熱環境・光環境の最適制御(デジタル環境設計)」
    fig 2 “Warm environment, light environment optimal controls (digital environment design)”
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