Wangda Zuo

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Professor, Architectural Engineering

Wangda Zuo's research focuses on modeling and simulation of smart, sustainable and resilient cities. His lab contributes to the development of multiple major open-source tools, including Fast Fluid Dynamic model for indoor airflow simulation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Modelica Buildings library for the optimal design and operation of building and community energy systems, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s URBANopt for high-performance buildings and energy systems within one geographically cohesive area within a city.

He has worked many research projects funded by NSF, DOE, DOD, ASHRAE, DTRA on advanced modeling for building and community energy systems; grid-interactive efficient district energy systems; indoor environment modeling; energy efficiency data center cooling; smart garden alley, smart, sustainable and connected communities. HIs website is at: https://sites.psu.edu/sbslab/ 

Recent Publications

Assessing the use of portable air cleaners for reducing exposure to airborne diseases in a conference room with thermal stratification

Castellini, J. E., Faulkner, C. A., Zuo, W., Lorenzetti, D. M. & Sohn, M. D., Jan 2022, In: Building and Environment. 207, 108441.

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Investigation of HVAC operation strategies for office buildings during COVID-19 pandemic

Faulkner, C. A., Castellini, J. E., Zuo, W., Lorenzetti, D. M. & Sohn, M. D., Jan 2022, In: Building and Environment. 207, 108519.

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Tradeoffs among indoor air quality, financial costs, and CO2 emissions for HVAC operation strategies to mitigate indoor virus in U.S. office buildings

Faulkner, C. A., Castellini, J. E., Lou, Y., Zuo, W., Lorenzetti, D. M. & Sohn, M. D., Aug 1 2022, In: Building and Environment. 221, 109282.

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A fast and accurate modeling approach for water and steam thermodynamics with practical applications in district heating system simulation

Hinkelman, K., Anbarasu, S., Wetter, M., Gautier, A. & Zuo, W., Sep 1 2022, In: Energy. 254, 124227.

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Modelica-based modeling and simulation of district cooling systems: A case study

Hinkelman, K., Wang, J., Zuo, W., Gautier, A., Wetter, M., Fan, C. & Long, N., Apr 1 2022, In: Applied Energy. 311, 118654.

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Long-term carbon emission reduction potential of building retrofits with dynamically changing electricity emission factors

Lou, Y., Ye, Y., Yang, Y. & Zuo, W., Feb 15 2022, In: Building and Environment. 210, 108683.

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Daily power demand prediction for buildings at a large scale using a hybrid of physics-based model and generative adversarial network

Tian, C., Ye, Y., Lou, Y., Zuo, W., Zhang, G. & Li, C., Sep 2022, In: Building Simulation. 15, 9, p. 1685-1701 17 p.

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Carbon emission responsive building control: A case study with an all-electric residential community in a cold climate

Wang, J., Munankarmi, P., Maguire, J., Shi, C., Zuo, W., Roberts, D. & Jin, X., May 15 2022, In: Applied Energy. 314, 118910.

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Evaluating performance of different generative adversarial networks for large-scale building power demand prediction

Ye, Y., Strong, M., Lou, Y., Faulkner, C. A., Zuo, W. & Upadhyaya, S., Aug 15 2022, In: Energy and Buildings. 269, 112247.

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Open-source Modelica models for the control performance simulation of chiller plants with water-side economizer

Fan, C., Hinkelman, K., Fu, Y., Zuo, W., Huang, S., Shi, C., Mamaghani, N., Faulkner, C. & Zhou, X., Oct 1 2021, In: Applied Energy. 299, 117337.

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An open source fast fluid dynamics model for data center thermal management

Han, X., Tian, W., VanGilder, J., Zuo, W. & Faulkner, C., Jan 1 2021, In: Energy and Buildings. 230, 110599.

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An assessment of power flexibility from commercial building cooling systems in the United States

Huang, S., Ye, Y., Wu, D. & Zuo, W., Apr 15 2021, In: Energy. 221, 119571.

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An open-source virtual testbed for a real Net-Zero Energy Community

Huang, S., Wang, J., Fu, Y., Zuo, W., Hinkelman, K., Kaiser, R. M., He, D. & Vrabie, D., Dec 2021, In: Sustainable Cities and Society. 75, 103255.

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Modelica-based system modeling for studying control-related faults in chiller plants and boiler plants serving large office buildings

Huang, S., Zuo, W., Vrabie, D. & Xu, R., Dec 2021, In: Journal of Building Engineering. 44, 102654.

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The effect of building retrofit measures on CO2 emission reduction – A case study with U.S. medium office buildings

Lou, Y., Yang, Y., Ye, Y., Zuo, W. & Wang, J., Dec 15 2021, In: Energy and Buildings. 253, 111514.

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