After almost three decades spent finding energy saving solutions for commercial and residential buildings, Jeff Haberl, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, was recently elevated to a fellow in the International Building Performance Simulation Association, an international nonprofit society dedicated to improving the built environment.
By using software tools to analyze a building’s energy consumption, Haberl, also the associate director of Texas A&M’s Energy Systems Laboratory, develops and fine-tunes methods for diagnosing a building’s operational problems. His procedures calculate air pollution reduction resulting from energy saving initiatives and test the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
He has provided technical leadership as the co-principal investigator of the ESL’s Continuous Commissioning Program, a procedure for identifying and correcting buildings’ energy inefficiencies.
A fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers since 2006, Haberl has helped write many of ASHRAE’s technical reports, such as Guideline 14, a standard set of procedures to calculate a building’s energy savings after an energy conservation retrofit. He has also chaired a number of ASHRAE committees.
Haberl has authored or co-authored 48 publications, 23 books or book chapters, 228 reports and holds numerous U.S. patents.
From 1990 to 2002, he was the principal investigator in Texas LoanSTAR’s Improved Energy Audit, an effort to measure and report energy savings in more than 160 state-funded energy conservation retrofits of public buildings, the first large-scale project of its kind in the United States.
Haberl, who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1995, earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1986, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering all at the University of Colorado.