RIU seminar: deep retrofitting of commercial buildings



Professor John Z. Zhai, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


Deep retrofit of commercial building: a key pathway towards low-carbon cities


Professor John Z. Zhai is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). He has a unique and integrated background in both Mechanical and Architectural Engineering with a Doctor degree in Fluid Mechanics (Tsinghua University) and a PhD in Building Technology (MIT).

Professor Zhai has been actively engaged in research activities in the field of fluid/thermal science and building/energy/environment technology since 1994. He has completed over 50 projects and published 150 technical papers. Professor Zhai is an active member of many international organizations and serves as technical advisor and panel reviewer for over 10 countries/regions. He is an Associate Editor for Energy and Buildings Journal and an Editorial Board Member of Building Simulation International Journal, Journal of Building Physics, Indoor and Built Environment Journal, Journal of Energy, Journal AIMS Energy, as well as an invited guest editor for several international journals.

Professor Zhai received the Young Researcher Award (2007) and the Research Development Award (2010) from UCB-CEAE, as well as the University Sustainability Award of Green Faculty (2008). He was granted the Best Paper Award of International Journal of Building Simulation (2008) and the William Mong Visiting Research Fellowship in Engineering from The University of Hong Kong (2009). He also received the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Project Award (2007) and the Distinguished Service Award of ASHRAE (2010) and was named Distinguished Lecturer by ASHRAE (2014). He was granted the title of 'Chang-Jiang Professorship' in 2016 by the Ministry of Education of China.