Simi Hoque

Simi Hoque
Drexel University | DU · Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

PhD

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Introduction
I focus on energy conservation in residential and light commercial buildings, on the design and commissioning of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. My current research is on an urban analysis tool for evaluating and predicting sustainable policy. I am also investigating the impact of thermal comfort on performance and productivity. I was trained as an engineer, architect, and environmental systems designer.
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September 2008 - September 2016
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (39)
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Buildings are subject to many uncertainties ranging from thermophysical performance to user activity. Climate change is an additional source of uncertainty that complicates building performance evaluation. This study aims to quantify the share of uncertainties stemming from building factors, user behavior, and climate uncertainty from boilers, chil...
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Neighborhood characteristics influence natural urban energy fluxes and the choices made by urban actors. This article focuses on the impact of urban density as a neighborhood physical parameter on building energy consumption profiles for seven different metropolitan areas in the United States. Primarily, 30 × 30 m2 cells were classified into five c...
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Sustainability has for long been promoted as a medium for social and economic development, one that focuses on constant availability of natural assets and ecological amenities. By questioning the possibility of reaching a balanced and sustainable state of functioning for social-ecological systems, resilience improves the static framework of sustain...
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Sustainability policies to mitigate transportation energy impacts on the urban environment are urgently needed. Energy prediction models provide critical information to decision-makers who develop sustainability policies to reduce energy use and emissions. We present a transportation energy model (TEM) that uses Explainable Artificial Intelligence...
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Buildings are subject to significant stresses due to climate change and design strategies for climate resilient buildings are rife with uncertainties which could make interpreting energy use distributions difficult and questionable. This study intends to enhance a robust and credible estimate of the uncertainties and interpretations of building ene...
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In the United States, buildings consume a significant portion of total energy use and contribute to carbon emissions. Therefore, evaluating their performance for sustainable design is critical. While building standards are updated frequently to improve building efficiency, the climate is changing and classical (deterministic) approaches to quantify...
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This paper presents four modeling techniques for predicting household transportation energy consumption by exploring decision trees, random forest, and neural networks in addition to elastic net regularization analyses. The main objective of this study is to evaluate how effectively these advanced statistical models can be applicable to a Transport...
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Climate change impacts our health directly and indirectly and is essential to develop response measures which would enhance a sustainable design and provide health co-benefits. Buildings are major consumers of fossil fuels and their direct contribution to global warming is well understood. In 2017, approximately 40% of the total energy consumption...
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Assessing the impact of climate change on the building sector has many challenges and has gained attention among scholars and designers in recent years. To quantify the effect of climate on the building energy demand and to adequately size the HVAC equipment, the use of design condition (design day) is necessary. The current design day files availa...
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Global warming and its impact on human activity, especially in buildings, has become a major concern in recent years. To study the impact of climate change on the built environment, the use of building simulation techniques together with forecast weather data are necessary. However, current building designs are dependent on reference year databases...
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It is becoming increasingly crucial to develop methods and strategies to assess building performance under the changing climate and to yield a more sustainable and resilient design. However, the outputs of climate models have a coarse spatial and temporal resolution and cannot be used directly in building energy simulation tools. This paper reviews...
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Predicting resource consumption in the built environment and its associated environmental consequences is one of the core challenges facing policy-makers and planners seeking to increase the sustainability of urban areas. The study of land-use change has many implications for infrastructure design, resource allocation, and urban metabolism simulati...
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This paper details a method for residential water consumption modeling within the Integrated Urban Metabolism Analysis Tool (IUMAT), a computational modeling platform for evaluating environmental performance of urban communities under alternative growth scenarios. A bottom-up approach is introduced to generate end-use indoor and outdoor water profi...
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This paper presents preliminary data on a series of building comfort experiments conducted in the field. We performed physical in-situ measurements and solicited responses from 409 (184 female; 225 male) university students in six different classrooms at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst during three seasons (fall, winter and spring). Our que...
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This paper discusses the design of a zero energy home in Panama. The standards for zero site energy as well as other performance factors are used as the basis for the analysis. A description of the construction type, energy use, active and renewable systems, and other features of this particular zero energy building are provided to facilitate a bet...
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This paper discusses the design of a zero energy home in Panama. The standards for zero site energy as well as other performance factors are used as the basis for the analysis. A description of the construction type, energy use, active and renewable systems, and other features of this particular zero energy building are provided to facilitate a bet...
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In 2007, Mayor Menino and the Boston Redevelopment Authority implemented Article 37, an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code requiring new construction approved under Large Project Review be designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. The amendment was intended to promote green building practices in the city and...
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This paper describes a method to improve the accuracy of predicted space heating energy usage in existing buildings simulated using eQuest, an energy modeling program. The method is an adjustment of actual energy usage data using heating degree days (HDD) encoded in the inputted TMY weather file and short-term weather data collected on site. TMY we...
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In 2007, Mayor Menino and the Boston Redevelopment Authority implemented Article 37, an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code requiring new construction approved under Large Project Review be designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. The amendment was intended to promote green building practices in the city and...
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The determinant share of cities in global primary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions highlights the importance of dissemination and development of reliable urban planning and policy tools. To reach sustainable urban development, having a comprehensive understanding of the concept of urban metabolism is critical. This work is the first step tow...
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Three building analysis software programs, DOE-2 eQUEST, IESVE Revit Plug-in and Autodesk Green Building Studio, are used to quantify the predicted energy savings of a scheduled envelope retrofit on a university dormitory. The study includes investigating the potential energy savings created by the removal and replacement of all original windows an...
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The civil engineering and architectural communities are highly focused these days on designing buildings that maximize utilization of energy available from natural resources through means such as passive solar heating and passive ventilation and minimizing the consumption of energy produced external to the building itself. Indeed, so-called net-zer...
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Aquaculture as a source of fish protein will continue to rise in importance in the coming decades. There exists the potential to develop Building Integrated Aquaculture (BIAq) incorporating holistic design approaches that will efficiently couple closed-loop aquaculture systems with the built environment. These integrated systems will become necessa...
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This article evaluates the energy performance of a single family home using three widely used industry standard simulation packages in the United States—REM Design, Energy Gauge, and Treat. It discusses the results of each simulation run and the reasons for variations in the results. The inputs for each of the three different simulation tools are h...
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Building integrated aquaculture (BIAq) involves taking advantage of the interdependencies between a small-scale indoor recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and the environment maintained by the building to maximize energy efficiency and optimize operations. To maintain a suitable water quality environment, an RAS uses an array of technology and e...
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A need exists in the Deep Energy Retrofit industry to educate and enable homeowners to make informed decisions about energy efficiency projects. This paper describes a novel approach to inform the non-building scientist about the physics of building performance in order to motivate them to invest in energy efficiency measures for their homes. The a...
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Energy conservation and efficiency is an essential area of focus in contemporary building design. The perception that the designers of buildings during the Modernist period of architecture ignored these principles is a false one. The present study, an examination of Paul Rudolph’s Milam Residence, a masterpiece of American residential architecture,...
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The purpose of this research was to conduct a pilot study of LEED certified homes in New England one to five years after occupancy to determine whether they continue to perform at the level predicted during the certification process. Four criteria were defined to assess the performance of each home: (1) energy consumption for heating, cooling, ligh...
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Although aquaculture provides an ever-increasing proportion of total fisheries production, development largely occurs in areas remote to domestic U.S. consumers. Traditional culture strategies generally exploit the different economic and environmental conditions of the producer’s country. When combined with the transport of cultured fish products a...
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This paper presents a method and initial studies to evaluate the energy performance of the Gropius House, a Modernist icon. The objective is to quantify energy intensity of the house by creating and optimizing a parametric computer energy model. The procedure described in this paper provides a detailed outline of the energy modeling process with ac...
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This paper will discuss two Net Zero Energy homes in the United States. The aim is to discuss the differences and similarities in the construction type, energy use, active and renewable systems of the two homes. While each of the homes is designed to achieve net zero site energy use, the design and systems are very different. Furthermore, the measu...
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This study examines the differences between two environmental assessment methods for the K-12 education sector: the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Schools Version 3.0 and the British Research Establishment's (BRE) BREEAM Education issue 2.0. Credit requirements are compared side by side and against recommendations from research...
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The paper evaluates the energy performance of a test case (a single family home) using three different simulation software packages – REM Design, Energy Gauge and Treat. It will discuss the results of each simulation run and the reasons for variations in the results. The inputs for each of the three different simulation tools are heating, cooling,...
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While policies and prevention strategies are contested on the global political stage, the effects of climate change are already in motion. Ocean levels have risen measurably in the last decade and will continue to rise during the remainder of this century (IPCC, 2007) . Low-lying communities that are already susceptible to storms and flooding will...
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Proper insulation, durability, air and moisture tightness are all vital elements for a comfortable and energy- efficient building. As a result, it is important to have a continuous, stable, and integral boundary between the conditioned interior spaces and the unconditioned outdoors spaces. It is common today for many professional home inspectors an...

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