Building Science, Climatology, Human Comfort, Thermodynamics, and Architectural History.
Architecture (both the profession and the buildings it produces) benefits when architects guide the technical and social aspects of their work from a scientifically-informed position. Only architects are in the position to initiate the integration of technical considerations into their work, to where their buildings reduce or replace some of the roles now performed (often inappropriately) by mechanical equipment. Such integration is unfortunately not common in practice today, and is not easy to attain, but it is clearly one of the leading challenges that our profession will be facing in the future.
Professor Arens is an Emeritus Professor in Architeture and former Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR.) He is currently the Director of the Center for the Built Environment, a National Science Foundation-sponsored industry/university cooperative research consortium centered at UC Berkeley.
Professor Arens has produced an extensive number of publications in research journals such as ASHRAE's Transactions and Energy and Buildings on topics addressing thermal comfort, urban form and climate, prediction methods and design tools for natural ventilation, energy-efficiency, and the performance of task-conditioning systems.
Some of his honors include three Progressive Architecture Research Awards and three ASHRAE Best Technical Paper Awards.
His areas of research activity include thermal comfort, buildings and climate and building energy conservation.
ARCH 140 Introduction to Energy and Environmental Management
ARCH 246 Thermal Aspects of Building Design
ARCH 249X Special Topics: The Physical Environment in Buildings
Arens, E., C. Federspiel, D. Wang, and C. Huizenga, 2005, "How Ambient Intelligence will Improve Habitability and Energy Efficiency in Buildings," in: Ambient Intelligence, eds. W.Weber, J. Rabaey, and E. Aarts, Springer, pp. 63-80.
Zagreus, L., C. Huizenga, E. Arens and D. Lehrer, 2004. "Listening to the Occupants: A Web-based Indoor Environmental Quality Survey," Building Science: Papers from Indoor Air 2002.
American Society of Civil Engineers, 2004. "Outdoor Human Comfort and its Assessment, State of the Art." Prepared by the Task Committee on Outdoor Human Comfort of the ASCE Aerodynamics Committee. 68 pp.
Zhang, H., C. Huizenga, E. Arens, and D. Wang, 2003. "Thermal Sensation and Comfort in Transient Non-Uniform Thermal Environments." European Journal of Applied Physiology, EJAP-00045-2004.
Zhang, H., E. Arens, and C. Arens, 2003. "Using a Driving Game to Increase the Realism of Laboratory Studies of Automobile Passenger Thermal Comfort." SAE Technical Paper Series 2003-01-2710, 7 pp.
Oguro, M., E., Arens, R.de Dear, H. Zhang, and T. Katayama, 2002, "Convective Heat Transfer Coefficients and Clothing Insulations for Parts of the Clothed Human Body under Airflow Conditions," Journal of Architectural Planning and Environmental Engineering, AIJ, No.561, pp. 21-29, November
Wang, D., E. Arens, T. Webster, and M. Shi, 2002. "How the Number and Placement of Sensors Controlling Room Air Distribution Systems Affect Energy Use and Comfort", Proceedings of the International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations, Richardson TX, October.
Zhang, H., C. Huizenga, E. Arens, and T. Yu, 2001. "Considering Individual Physiological Differences in a Human Thermal Model," Journal of Thermal Biology 26, pp. 406-408.
Arens, E., C. Huizenga, and H.Zhang. 2001. "Thermal Comfort Modeling for the 21st Century: Breaking out of the Comfort Chamber." Proceedings, Moving Thermal Comfort Standards into the 21st Century, Windsor, UK, April 2001.
Huizenga, C., H. Zhang and E. Arens, 2001, "A Model of Human Physiology and Comfort for Assessing Complex Thermal Environments", Building and Environment, Vol. 36, pp. 691-699.
Tsuzuki, K., Arens, E., Bauman, F., and Wyon, D. 1999. "Individual Thermal Comfort Control with Desk-mounted and Floor-mounted Task/Ambient Conditioning (TAC) Systems." Proceedings: Indoor Air 99, August 8-13, Edinburgh, 7pp.
Arens, E., T. Xu, K. Miura, H. Zhang, M. Fountain, and F. Bauman. 1997. "A Study of Occupant Cooling by Personally Controlled Air Movement." Energy and Buildings, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 45-59.
Baughman, A., and E. Arens. 1996. "Indoor Humidity and Human Health -- Part I: Literature Review of Health Effects of Humidity-Influenced Indoor Pollutants." ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 101, Pt. 1, 1996, 18 pp.
Arens, E., and A. Baughman. 1996. "Indoor Humidity and Human Health -- Part II: Buildings and their Systems." ASHRAE Transactions Vol. 101, Pt. 1, 1996, 9 pp.
Bosselmann, P., E. Arens, K. Dunker, and R. Wright. 1995. "Urban Form and Climate: Case Study, Toronto." Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 61 No. 2, pp 226-239.