Cool Building Solutions for a Warming World: Working Group Workshop

Berkeley Lab workshop summer 2019

Berkeley Lab hosted the Collaborative’s first workshop in Berkeley, California on 22 - 23 July 2019. Over the course of the two-day workshop, members shared their research and implementation activities; finalized the Collaborative’s mission, goals, and scope; identified its activities and structure; and discussed barriers and opportunities for advancing its goals.


The workshop featured breakout groups and several discussion sessions to hear ideas from participants on how to advance the Collaborative's goals and finalize the Collaborative's scope. Online here is the workshop summary describing the workshop outcomes. 

Participants conveyed the urgency and importance of passive and low-energy cooling measures. To that end, participants discussed the need to share what we know now by consolidating best practices by climate, building type, building vintage, and building occupancy. We recognize that the regional variability of best practices is driven by the aforementioned factors as well as market availability and costs. Participants agreed to assess and document co-benefits to further strengthen the case for these cooling measures. Participants also agreed to clearly communicate the limitations of cooling measures to assure they are used appropriately. 

Participants will develop common metrics, methods, and databases to facilitate international collaboration. Participants shared the desire to better understand the relationship between indoor heat exposure and human health. Also, participants identified the need to expand our alliances to other sectors, such as real estate, industry, insurance, and utilities, and to continue to engage with other disciplines, such as anthropology and biometeorology (study of relationship between weather and living organisms).

Participants plan to carry out research to learn how to make building cooling measures attractive to consumers. That is, how can we market health and comfort? Participants also agreed there is a need to better understand how passive cooling measures can be combined with heat metrics, such as daily maximum temperature or number of annual heat health events, to inform guidance, standards, and practices for building design and city planning.


The workshop agenda can be found online here and all workshop presentations are posted below. 

Welcome Remarks

Tom Kirchstetter

Director, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Logistics, History, & Big Picture

Ronnen Levinson, Ellen Thomas, Haley Gilbert

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.


How do Energy Efficiency Measures Influence Resilience? A Case Study

from a Nursing Home in Florida

Kaiyu Sun

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

 Emerging Technologies in High Performance Facades Charlie Ćurčija

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.


Outdoor Curtains and Awnings as Solutions to Improve Thermal Comfort and Mitigate the Urban Heat Island  


Andrea Nicolini

University of Perugia

Perugia, Italy


Development and Assessment of Advanced Material Components of the Building Envelope to Improve the Energy Performances of Buildings and Thermal Comfort for Users

Chiara Ferrari

Rome, Italy

(on behalf of Michele Zinzi of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, ENEA) 


Move Air, Then Cool It - Integrating Air Movement for Energy Efficient Comfort


Dana Miller

Center for Built Environment, University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.


Implementation Strategies of Adaptation Measures for Extreme High Temperature

Hideki Takebayashi

Kobe University

Kobe, Japan

 Responsive Control of Urban Thermal Environments – ResCUE Yogendra Joshi

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

Cal-Thrives: A California Toolkit for Heat Resiliency In Vulnerable Environments

Max Wei

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A. 


Engaging Residents in Fresno, California to Optimize Building Cooling


Haley Gilbert (on behalf of Susan Mazur-Stommen of Indicia Consulting)

Consultant to Indicia & Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Whitefish, Montana, U.S.A.

U.S. participation in International Energy Administration Annex 80 (Resilient Cooling) Ronnen Levinson

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Local Cooling Strategies in the U.S.

Victoria Ludwig

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


Making Telangana a Cool State: State-Wide Cool Roof Program


Rajkiran Bilolikar

Administrative Staff College of India

Hyderabad, India


Spinning Our Wheel: Strategies for Community Outreach On

Experienced Heat & Neighborhood Priorities

Shelley Jiang

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Passive Cooling Policy, Technology and Strategy Marc LaFrance

Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


Urban Climatic Mitigation/Adaptation Activities in the High Performance 

Architecture Research Cluster Group at UNSW Sydney

Gloria Pignatta

University of New South Wales, Sydney

Sydney, Australia 

Cool Roof Activities at IIIT Hyderabad   Vishal Garg

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, India


EELab Activities: Focus on Indoor Comfort


Chiara Ferrari

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Modena, Italy

California Strategic Growth Council: Climate Research Priorities

Leah Fisher

California Strategic Growth Council

Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

The Social Dimensions of Urban Heat

Jason Vargo

California Department of Public Health

Richmond, California, U.S.A.

Heat and Health in a Changing Climate—Building Decision Support Tools for Public Health Officials  

Nikolas Steinberg

Four Twenty Seven

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

A Public Health Approach to Healthier Homes: Energy Efficiency and


Brandon Kitagawa

Regional Asthma Management & Prevention,

Oakland, California, U.S.A.

Assessing the Impact of Urban Environment on Comfort in Buildings

Marjorie Musy


Bron, France

Retro-Reflective Facade for Inside/Outside Built Environment

Masayuki Ichinose

Tokyo Metropolitan University

Tokyo, Japan


Effect of Heat Mitigation Strategy Adoption on Outdoor and Indoor

Thermal Comfort

George Ban-Weiss

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Finalize Collaborative Mission, Goals, Structure, and Activities; Identify Next Steps Haley Gilbert & Ronnen Levinson

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.