Smart Buildings

Have you ever used a remote control to operate hear, air, lights, or security in your home? These are automated processes made possible by smart building research. A smart building uses sensors, microchips, and actuators to collect data and manage the system being used. This technology offers energy reduction management and optimizes space use.

What we build dictates how we use energy and how we value the natural environment and natural resources.

Amanda Webb Architectural engineering professor

Active Research Faculty

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Hazem M. Elzarka



Research Interests: Green building construction

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Anton C Harfmann

Professor and Director of Architectural Engineering and Director of DAAP Facilities and Technology


Research Interests: Construction modeling technology

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Eric T. Inglert

Professor - Practice


Research Interests: Education for building life cycle

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Sara Khoshnevisan

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Soil liquefaction

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Nabil Nassif

Associate Professor


Research Interests: Sustainable HVAC systems

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Amanda Laurel Webb

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Building energy analysis

Smart Buildings News


Professor aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings

December 8, 2020

Amanda Webb, assistant professor of architectural engineering at the University of Cincinnati, is committed to making the buildings in which we live and work more energy efficient. Her research work centers on improving energy performance in modern buildings and how to effectively retrofit historic buildings to preserve them while improving energy use. Webb was named the 2020 recipient of the New Investigator Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


UC finds disparities in energy efficiency in multifamily housing

August 17, 2020

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science provide data to city policymakers that can lead to improved access to more energy-efficient, low-income, multifamily housing in Cincinnati and lower the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.

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