BEESL – Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory

DSC_0031The Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL), Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, is a key research lab associated with the SyracuseCoE. BEESL was established in November 1999 with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Assembly, National Grid, and Syracuse University.


  • Advance the science and develop innovative technologies in the areas of indoor environmental quality (IEQ), building energy efficiency (BEE) and building protections by conducting leading edge academic and industrial research.
  • Enhance scholarly learning and professional training for graduate and undergraduate students via integration between research and teaching.
  • Help relevant industries in product development and innovation by providing objective and unbiased product testing and evaluation services


BEESL has comprehensive expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities for both experimental and computational simulation studies, ranging from material level to full-scale system behavior and performance. Major research areas include:

Indoor Air Quality

  • Source control: material emissions and indoor air quality (ME-IAQ)
  • Ventilation (PV)
  • Air Cleaning Technology(ACT)

Building Enclosure

  • Material property measurements
  • Hygrothermal performance of building enclosure assemblies (MBES)
  • Couple heat, air, moisture and pollutant transport

Whole Building Energy And Environmental Systems

  • Virtual Design Studio (VDS) for coordinated, integrated and optimized building system design
  • Real-time monitoring and model predictive controls
  • Intelligent Built Environmental Systems (i-BES)

Modeling And Simulations

  • Combined Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulation (CHAMPS)
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Reduced-order models (CFD)

Indoor Environmental Quality And Human Performance

  • Effect of ventilation and IAQ on productivity and creativity
  • Effect of personal ventilation on perceived IAQ and thermal comfort