Kyle Konis awarded $150,000 grant by California Energy Commission

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Kyle Konis awarded $150,000 grant by California Energy Commission

February 12, 2015


USC School of Architecture professor Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA was recently awarded $149,400 from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to support research and development of his project entitled "The Building Occupant Mobile Gateway" (O.M.G.). The CEC supports cutting-edge research promoting a resource-efficient society.


Konis’s project will investigate the feasibility of using smartphone software to provide detailed occupant feedback to enable design teams to validate and continually refine the performance of low-energy and environmentally responsive design strategies. If successful, this technology has the potential to achieve at least 30% annual natural gas reduction in California commercial buildings. O.M.G. received the highest ranking during technical peer-review among all proposals submitted statewide and received the largest award.


“I am extremely excited, as this was a huge effort to get off the ground, and I think the outcome will present strong evidence of the impact that our School and our Building Science program have on California’s building energy objectives,” said Konis. “Because the research focuses fundamentally on indoor environmental quality and the experience of building end-users as critical instruments for improving building design and energy performance, the project also serves as an example of how a school of architecture thinks differently about energy efficiency research.”


“Kyle brings design sensitivity into the realm of environmental performance,” said Dean Qingyun Ma. “The outlook is promising, when the environment is not reduced, but extended."


The project is a continuation of a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Professor Konis and Professor Murali Annavaram in the Viterbi School of Engineering. The work is additionally supported by the U.S. Green Building Council Vice President of Research and a diverse group of industry partners, including Glumac Engineers, CTL-E, SERA Architects, and the Syska Hennessy Group.