New IEA EBC Annex 92

Smart materials for energy-efficient heating, cooling and IAQ control in residential buildings

  • International workshop for new IEA EBC Annex 92 - Smart materials for energy-efficient cooling and IAQ control in residential buildings, October 2023, Copenhagen
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  • The 2nd DTU-UMD joint workshop on novel HVAC and dehumidification technologies
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Smart materials for green built environment

  • Novel functional materials for carbon neutrality in buildings: towards energy efficiency, energy utilization, and a healthy indoor environment.
Latest research from Qin's group

  • Green materials + Environmental design: our P+ Demonstration building is an interdisciplinary test platform and labs for sustainable building technology research. 

Professor Xudong Yang, Vice Dean at Tsinghua University visits DTU Sustain

  • Professor Xudong Yang, Vice Dean of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University visits the Building Physics and Materials Group at DTU Sustain
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Smart materials as an IAQ management strategy

Kick-off meeting of International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 86 ST3 project: Smart materials as an IAQ management strategy


Keynote speech at ICMB21, UCL, London

Keynote speech at the International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB21), University College London, United Kingdom 28 June 2021


  • Experimental and modeling investigation of a novel bio-based green synthesis Metal-organic Framework (MOF) for indoor moisture control. The new MOF is non-toxic and cost-effective, and is suitable for indoor environment control and sorption-based solid desiccant systems.

  • P+ Building is an important test platform for the international project 'Green Buildings and Building Industrialization' led by Prof. Qingyan Chen. 

Featured Research

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of cutting-edge crystalline porous materials. Most MOFs can exhibit very high surface areas, large pore volume and large adsorption capacity for gas. Due to their structural and functional tunability, MOFs have become one of the most fascinating classes of materials for both scientists and engineers. In the area of built environment, MOFs can be used for indoor moisture regulation, pollutant removal, air purification, thermal storage, heating and cooling, and atmosphere water harvesting etc. Dr Qin's group has been working on these topics since 2016, and has developed new materials, new systems and solutions for energy-efficient built environment control. 


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Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Menghao Qin

Prof. Qin has performed research into Building Physics and Materials since the late1990s. His work has included smart materials for built environment control (e.g. metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), phase change humidity control materials, polymer hydrogel etc.); hygrothermal performance of buildings; indoor environmental quality (IEQ); and energy-efficient building design etc. Prof. Qin has developed advanced experimental methods, new smart materials, computer simulation models and environmental control technologies, etc. He has published over 150 research papers and 3 books, and has managed several large-scale research projects with international partners, e.g. EU H2020, IEA, NSFC, etc.                                         

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'Incremental improvement of known materials never changes the world, but just one new material may, since novel materials often form the basis for technological paradigm shifts.'