Design for high-performance buildings, post-occupancy evaluation, thermal comfort in naturally ventilated and mixed-mode buildings, assessment of energy and indoor environmental quality, sustainable design in hot climates, the green workplace
- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
- Philosophy Statement
What makes a building memorable? I believe it comes not from the glossy images in a magazine, but from the experiences of people who live, work, or pass through the interior spaces. The environmental forces of sun, wind and light have a strong influence on a building's experiential aesthetic, and the consideration of these forces should be a purposeful part of the earliest stages of design. I guide students to learn about principles, tools, and values that will enhance their ability to create buildings that are both beautiful and efficient, responsive to climate and people, sensitive to the environment, and a delight to be in.
Gail Brager, Ph.D., has been a Professor in the Building Science & Sustainability area of the Department since 1984, and is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the Energy and Resources Group. Prof. Brager serves as the Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, a research collaboration between the University and over 40 industry partners focused on improving the energy performance and environmental quality in buildings, with a focus on the workplace. This collaboration is important for making connections between research and the design and manufacturing industries.
Prof. Brager conducts research and teaching across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings, with a focus on thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation, and personalized environmental control. Among her many service activities, Dr. Brager was the founding Chair of the Research Committee of the US Green Building Council. She is also an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter.
- Courses Taught
ARCH 140 Introduction to Energy and Environment
ARCH 242 Design for Sustainability Colloquium
ARCH 243 Natural Cooling and Ventilation
ARCH 249 The Green Workplace
- Awards + Recognition
- Recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from National Science Foundation, Progressive Architecture Research Award, AIA Education Honors Honorable Mention, Places/EDRA award for Place-based research, and several awards from ASHRAE including
- Selected Publications
Pigman, Margaret; Zhang, Hui; Honnekeri, Anoop; Arens, Ed; & Brager, Gail. (2014). Visualizing the results of thermal comfort field studies: putting publicly accessible data in the hands of practitioners . Proceedings of 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5s18p0sv
de Dear, R; Akimoto, T; Arens, E; Brager, G; Candido, C; Cheong, K.W.; et al.(2013). Progress in thermal comfort research over the last twenty years. ”. Indoor Air. April 2013. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/92z5q2qb
Ackerly, Katie; & Brager, Gail. (2013). Window signalling systems: control strategies and occupant behaviour. Building Research & Information, 41(3), 342 - 360. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2013.772044. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7jg5n7s6
Brager, Gail; & Baker, Lindsay. (2009). Occupant satisfaction in mixed-mode buildings. Building Research & Information, 37(4), 369 - 380. doi: 10.1080/09613210902899785. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0wk026w2
Olesen, B. W.; & Brager, G. S.(2004). A better way to predict comfort: the new ASHRAE standard 55-2004. ASHRAE Journal. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2m34683k
Brager, Gail; Paliaga, Gwelen; & de Dear, Richard. (2004). Operable windows, personal control and occupant comfort. ASHRAE Transactions, 110(2). http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4x57v1pf
de Dear, Richard; & Brager, Gail. (2001). The adaptive model of thermal comfort and energy conservation in the built environment. International Journal of Biometeorology, 45(2), 100 - 108. doi: 10.1007/s004840100093. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/89d4871t