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Dr. Umberto Berardi

Umberto Berardi
Associate Professor
MSc, PhD, PEng

Areas of Specialization

Energy efficiency

Sustainability

Urban physics

Nanotechnologies

Acoustics

Lighting

Education

Year University Degree
2011 Politecnico di Bari PhD
2009 University of Southampton MEng
2008 Politecnico di Bari MArch

Courses Taught

Course Code Course Title
BL8100 Building Science Theory
BL8104 Building Design Studio
ASC 521 Light/Sound in Architecture

Spotlight

The view from the conference room window is breathtaking: a cherry tree in full bloom, dappled light shining through the branches. That the window does not open may seem to be a negative. But for Umberto Berardi, it’s a valuable reminder of the crucial role that design plays in our lives. “As architects and building scientists,” he says, “we should aim to encourage symbiosis between the outdoors and indoors.”

Berardi is passionate about the relationship between buildings, the environment and ourselves, and sees advancements in technology as playing a major role. From automatic shading controls, to innovative thermal storage, the technology we use to engage with buildings is advancing quickly, including Berardi’s own research. Concerned with improving building energy performance by incorporating nanotechnologies and aerogels, he’s excited about the shape his work is taking and its potential for contributing to a reduction in energy consumption.

As for his students, Berardi is confident that they will push architecture far and transform cities. “They look forward to challenging conventions,” he says, tapping on the glass that separates him from that beautiful tree. “Like this window.”

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Umberto Berardi

“More and more, we are giving people ways to react and engage with the buildings they occupy.”

  • Early Research Career Excellence Award, Ryerson University (2018)
  • CFI - JELF, BeTOP – Building efficiency: Testing, Operation and Performance of advanced building systems (2017)
  • Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Early Researcher Award (2017)
  • Franco Strazzabosco Award for Best Young Engineer – ISSNAF, Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (2016)
  • U. Berardi, J. Paulos, Optimizing the Thermal Performance Of Window Frames Through Aerogel, Applied Energy, 2020
  • Z. Jandaghian, U. Berardi, Selection of the urban canopy model for climate modelling: a case study in the Greater Toronto Area, Sustainable Cities and Society, 2020
  • U. Berardi, P. Jafarpur, Assessing the impact of climate change on building heating and cooling energy demand in Canada, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Reviews, 2020
  • S. K. Asphaug, U. Berardi, Moisture Control Strategies of Habitable Basements in Cold Climates, Building and Environment, 2020
  • Z. Jandaghian, U. Berardi, Analysis of the cooling effects of higher albedo surfaces during heat waves coupling the Weather Research and Forecasting model with Building Energy Models, Energy and Buildings, 2020
  • Editor-in-chief of the "Canadian Acoustics" journal
  • Associate Editor of "Intelligent Building International"
  • IBPSA-Canada, Member of the Board of Directors, 2018-2020
  • Canadian Association of Acoustics, Member of the Board of Directors, 2017-2020