Jianshun Zhang


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign; 1991
  • M.S. and B.S. Beijing Agr. Eng. University; 1982 and 1985

Lab/Center Affiliation(s):

Research Interests:

  • Material Emissions, Air Purification, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
  • Hygrothermal Performance of Building Materials and Enclosure Systems
  • Building Energy and Environmental Systems
  • Built Environmental Systems Measurements, Modeling , and Controls
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Combined Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulations (CHAMPS)
  • Multi-disciplinary and Multi-scale Building Systems Design and Optimization
  • Effects of indoor environmental quality on occupant exposure, productivity and creativity

Current Research:

Professor Zhang’s research ranges multi-scale BES from nano/micro-scale in porous media to buildings and urban environment, and involves engineering, architectural design, human health and performance. Major ongoing research projects are:

  1. Virtual Design Studio (VDS): development of a digital platform for integrated and coordinated design of green buildings. The project involves close collaboration between engineers and architects to develop a designer-oriented software tool for performance-based building system design.
  2. BM-IDC: Building monitoring and intelligent diagnosis and control. Using a full-scale testbed, a “Virtual Building” based near real-time monitoring system is developed and deployed to collect essential data for fault detection and diagnosis, and improvement of building operation.
  3. CHAMPS: Development of combined heat, air moisture and pollutant simulation software for building system design and control optimization. The CHAMPS simulation environment includes a whole building model, an enclosure model, an HVAC mode and a room model. It is supported by a collection of shared databases of weather, materials and assemblies, pollutants, sources and sinks. Reduced-order models will be developed for near-real time simulation in design and predictive control in operation of buildings.
  4. ME-IAQ: Material emissions and indoor air quality. A model-based approach is taken to develop fundamental mass transfer models with essential model parameters determined from experiments. The research leads to better models for performance prediction and better test methods for evaluating both short and long-term emissions.
  5. ACT-IAQ: Air cleaning technologies and indoor air quality. A model-based approach is taken to develop better test methods, evaluate the performance of existing air cleaning technologies, and develop new ones for improving indoor air quality.
  6. BEST: Building enclosure system technologies. This research includes experimental measurements and modeling of the hygrothermal (thermal and moisture) storage and transport properties of various building materials, model prediction of their impact on enclosure assembly performance, and full-scale evaluation and validation at reduced and full-scale setting under both laboratory and field conditions.
  7. Effects of IEQ on human performance. Human subject study are performed using a total environmental quality research facility. The focus is on how the improved thermal and air quality via personal ventilation would impact the performance of creativity and productivity of building occupants.

Courses Taught:

  • MEE 416 Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • MAE 552 Building Environmental Measurements and Controls
  • MAE 553 HVAC System Analysis and Design
  • MAE 658 Building Environmental Modeling and Simulations
  • MEE 657 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ECS 600/ARC 600 Virtual Design Studio for Green Building Systems
  • ECS 600/ARC 500 Research House, a course jointly taught with faculty of Civil Engineering and School of Architecture on innovative designs of residential houses that are featured on “green” (energy and environmental quality), “lite” (light structure), and “Media” (multi-media communications).
  • ARC 423/623 Advanced Building Systems (guest lecturer)
  • ARC 690 Independent study: Engineering Analyses of Ecological Building Designs (guest lecturer)
  • ARC 500 Living Systems in Architecture and Engineering
  • MAE 995 Graduate Seminar in conjunction with a “Built Environmental Systems” seminar series


  • Frontier Foreign Expert Award, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the P.R. China, 2012
  • Shiyuan Chair Professorship from Nanjing University, China, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of ASHRAE, 2011
  • Best Paper of the Year award, Building Simulation—an International Journal, 2010
  • Elected Fellow, International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 2009
  • ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, ASHRAE, 2008
  • JSPS Fellowship, Japanese Society for Promotion of Scientific Exchange, 2007
  • Visiting Professorship, Tsinghua University, China, 2007
  • Otto Monsted Professorship from Technical University of Denmark, 2006
  • Citation by New York State Governor George E. Pataki in his 2003 State of the State address for scientific contributions to the development of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems, 2003
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Finalist Award and New York State Diamond Award for the development of the Coupled Indoor/Outdoor
  • Environmental Simulator (C-I/O-ES) of the Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL), 2003
  • ASHRAE Certification of Appreciation Award, 1999
  • IRC/NRC Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 1999
  • Second place paper award at the Healthy Buildings/IAQ 97 international conference, Washington, DC, 1997
  • IRC/NRC Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 1995
  • Best paper award at the 5th International Jacques Cartier Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation, 1992
  • Outstanding research paper award (top 2.5%) by American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1989
  • Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Epsilon honor societies, 1989
  • Excellent student awards, BAEU, 1980

Select Publications:

Kong, Meng, J. Zhang, B. Guo, and K. Han. 2016. Measurements of grease emission and heat generation rates of electric countertop appliances (RP-1631, part 1). Science and Technology for the Built Environment (formerly HVAC&R Research). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23744731.2016.1197749.

Kong, Meng and J. Zhang. 2016. Life-cycle cost and benefit analysis of utilizing hoods for light-duty cooking appliances in commercial kitchens (RP-1631, part 2). Science and Technology for the Built Environment (formerly HVAC&R Research) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23744731.2016.1197750.

He, G, J. Zhang and S. Hong. 2016. A new analytical model for airflow in solar chimneys based on thermal boundary layers. Solar Energy. Vol. 136, pp614-621. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2016.07.041.

Kong, Meng, J. Zhang, and J. Wang. 2015. Air and air contaminant flows in office cubicles with and without personal ventilation: A CFD modeling and simulation study. Building Simulations – an International Journal. (DOI) 10.1007/s12273-015-0219-6.

Gao, Zhi and J.S. Zhang. 2015. Modeling particle penetration through building envelopes using computational fluid dynamics. Aerosol Science and Technology. 49:167–178. DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2015.1013207.

Yirui Liang, Olivier Caillot, Jianshun Zhang, Jiping Zhu, Ying Xu. 2015. Large-Scale Chamber Investigation and Simulation of Phthalate Emissions from Vinyl Flooring. Building and Environment. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.02.022.

Chen, Y., L. Gu and J.S. Zhang. 2015. EnergyPlus and CHAMPS-Multizone Co-Simulation for Energy and Indoor Air Quality Analysis. Building Simulation – an International Journal.

KwangHoon Han, Jensen S. Zhang, Bing Guo, and Chuan He. 2014. Laboratory Comparison of Relative Performance of Gas Phase Filtration Media at High and Low O3/NO2 Challenge Concentrations (ASHRAE RP-1557). HVAC&R Research. Vol. 20, 522–531.

Han, Kwanghoon; J.S. Zhang; Bing Guo. 2014. A novel approach of integrating ventilation and air cleaning for sustainable and healthy office environments. Energy and Buildings. Vol. 76. DOI:10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.02.055 .

HIYAMA, Kyosuke, Masakazu KUBOTA, Shinsuke KATO, Jensen ZHANG. 2014. A new method for reusing building information models of past projects to optimize the default configuration for performance simulations. Energy and Buildings, Volume 73, April 2014, Pages 83-91.

He, Chuan, K. Han, B. Guo and J.S. Zhang. 2014. Evaluation of filter media performance: correlation between high and low challenge concentration tests for toluene and formaldehyde (ASHRAE RP-1557). HVAC&R Research Journal. 20(5), 2014/7, doi: 10.1080/10789669.2014.907096.

Rai, A.C., Guo, B., Lin, C.-H., Zhang, J., Pei, J., and Chen, Q. 2014. Ozone reaction with clothing and its initiated VOC emissions in an environmental chamber, doi:10.1111/ina.12058, Indoor Air 2014; 24: 49–58.

Synergistic Activities:

  • Jianshun Zhang has 28 years of research experience in Built Environmental Systems (BES), and has authored/co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed journal papers and 100+ refereed conference papers, 1 book, 2 ASTM and 1 ANSI/BIFMA Standards. His research ranges multi-scale BES from nano/micro-scale in porous media to buildings and urban environment, and involves engineering, architectural design, human health and performance. He leads an international group in developing methods and tools for combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations (CHAMPS) for building systems.
  • He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of building energy and environmental systems and fundamental heat and mass transfer, and has advised/co-advised over 20 Ph.D. students, over 20 M.S. students, and 8 Postdoctoral Fellows.
  • He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals: “Energy and Buildings”, HVAC&R Research”, “Ventilation”, “Building Simulations”, “High-Rise Buildings”, and “Frontiers of Architectural Research”.
  • Zhang served on ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee (2006-present, 2011/12 Chair) and Research Administration Committee (2003-2005), and is a member of Technical and Standard Committees in the society. He is also a Voting Member of ASTM D22.05 on Indoor Air, AWMA and ISIAQ, and a U.S. Expert Representative to the ISO standard committee on air purification. He is elected Fellow of ASHRAE (2011) and ISIAQ (2009), and Member of Board of Directors of International Assoc. of Building Physics.