Building Energy Solutions

Faculty in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering conduct fundamental research on building energy systems to improve their efficiency during regular operations and resilience against disruptions. Specific research topics include building energy management and controls; combined heat and power (CHP) systems, hybrid (CHP + Solar PV + Storage) distributed energy systems; optimized water-side free-cooling for data centers; smart grid operation; the application of microgrids for communities; cybersecurity of critical infrastructure; and sustainable energy transmission and distribution. They also study the installation, commissioning, and operation of microgrids and localized energy networks, as well as the control and optimization of renewable energy sources for buildings and communities.

Research labs focused on this research area:

  • Building 7R Hybrid Energy System – Penn State Navy Yard Facilities
  • Building 661 – Penn State Navy Yard Facilities
  • Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Network Operating Center – Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory

Current research in progress includes the following:

(funding bodies in parentheses; Penn State architectural engineering faculty names bolded)



Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394