The Climate and Energy Laboratory (CeLA) in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning is involved in environmentally conscious design of buildings, urban spaces and new materials. It also serves as a national consultation center on these subjects to government offices, public and private bodies, and practitioners. The faculty members of the laboratory are Prof. I.G. Capeluto, Dr. A. Yezioro and Prof. Emerita Edna Shaviv.
The impact of the work done by CeLA in relation to building and urban planning in Israel is extremely valuable, and the Technion has already acquired both a national reputation and international renown as a leader in this field. Many papers, describing the work done at the laboratory, were presented in National and International Conferences and Professional Journals.
CeLA combines research, teaching and consultancy. The research lab is actively involved in setting the principles for environmentally conscious design of buildings, urban spaces and application of new materials and technologies. It also serves as a national consultation center on these subjects to government offices, public and private bodies, as well as architects. Expertise fields include climatic design and evaluation of intelligent facades, building upgrade for energy and comfort improvement, performance-based architectural design, daylight, thermal and visual comfort, development of strategies and devices for active and passive energy saving in buildings, solar rights and evaluation of wind flows around buildings, determination of principles for sustainable urban planning in different climates, zero and positive energy design, and implementation of strategies for sustainable bioclimatic architecture.
Research on these subjects is carried out primarily through computer simulation using state of the art software, as well as by creating custom tools. CeLA has developed many unique Computer Aided Design tools for the advanced research conducted in the Laboratory.
Beyond and besides the research performed in this Laboratory, CeLA is a reference point also for teaching purposes, especially for undergraduate students in some of their compulsory courses and design studio as well.
Among CeLA’s research topics we can include:
- Zero Energy Buildings and Communities
- Urban Building Energy Modeling (UBEM)
- Thermal Comfort in Buildings and Open Spaces
- Energy Performance and Optimization of Buildings
- Intelligent Buildings
- Retrofit of Buildings
- Performance in Buildings
- Daylight in Architecture
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Amado building, 1st floor, room 118.
The laboratory is managed academically by Prof. Guedi Capeluto and Assistant Prof. Abraham Yezioro.