OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor,
Name: G. Z. (Charlie) Brown
Institution: University of Oregon
Department: Architecture; Director, Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory

Research Theme: Brown directs the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL), whose research projects are directed at understanding how buildings and related transportation and land use systems determine energy/resource use; developing new materials, components, assemblies, whole buildings and communities with improved performance; and developing design tools that enable professionals to design more efficient communities and buildings. Lab staff includes architects, engineers and computer scientists with experience on a broad range of projects. Other research fields: passive and active solar systems, thermal transfer, radiant heating and cooling, renewable energy sources, daylighting, efficient electric lighting, conserving systems and equipment, systems integration, smart controls, climate analysis for building design, microclimate analysis.

Research Fields:

Energy Policy and Technology
Impacts Physical

Professional Activities:

Jury member and Reviewer, 24 Hour Design Charrette, Hopes Conference, Member, April 2006

Green Building Advisory Committee, City of Eugene Planning and Development Building and Permit Services, 2005-present.

Member, Oregon Commercial Energy Code Committee, 2001-2005.

Member, Project Advisory Committee of Radiance Image Databases, 2001- present

Member, Northwest Energy Education Institute Advisory Board, 1998-present.

Selected Publications:

Natural Ventilation in Northwest Buildings, 2004; with J. Kline, G. Livingston, D. Northcutt, E. Wright.

Sun, Wind and Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 1985; 2nd edition with M. DeKay, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2001.

Insideout: Design Procedures for Passive Environmental Technologies with J. Reynolds and M. S. Ubbelohde, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1982. Second edition with B. Haglund, J. Loveland, J. Reynolds, and S. Ubbelohde, 1992.

Energy Scheming, with T. Sekiguchi and J. Kline, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. 1.0, 1989. 2.0, 1993. 2.5, 1997, 3.0, 2003, 3.1, 2006.

“Configuring structure to improve daylight access in multi-story buildings,” with C. Theodoropoulos, A. Johnson, M. Hatten, C. Flint-Chatto, J. Kline, and D. Northcutt, Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2007 Spring Research Conference, 2007.