SyracuseCoE is a collaborative organization that accelerates development of innovations for a sustainable future. As New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, we engage more than 200 private companies, organizations, and academic institutions to create new products and services in indoor environmental quality, clean and renewable energy, and water resource management.
SyracuseCoE is home to the Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) Lab, a one-of-its-kind facility that enabled what climate expert Joe Romm calls “the seminal green building study of our time.” The recent groundbreaking study on “The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function” (COGfx) found participants’ cognitive function not only changed in response to the quality of their indoor environment, but also doubled in environments with enhanced green building ventilation.
People currently spend more than 90% of their time in buildings, which contributes to more than 70% of overall U.S. electricity usage. In order to research the future energy efficient and healthy homes, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department at SU is planning to build two lab houses. It is essentially a research lab for students and faculties to conduct research and teaching in the area of energy, indoor air quality and human health.