Zhun Yu


Dr. Zhun Yu is a full professor in the School of Design at Hunan University. He received the Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada in 2012. He is actively involved in research related to sustainable eco-design, occupant behavior, data mining, and energy storage systems. He has published more than 50 journal and conference papers. He has also participated in different industrial projects involving sustainable building and society.

Professor Zhun Yu recruits graduate students, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows who have a background in building engineering or industrial design and have a strong interest in zero-carbon building/community, occupant behavior, service design, data mining, and visualization.

Email>> zhunyu@hnu.edu.cn

Research Projects:

Below are the main research projects I have been involved in:

  • Study on the characteristics, prediction and mapping of multiple household energy-related behavior. National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2020.01-2023.12

  • Demonstration project of livable villages and small towns for rural complexes in Jiangxi, Henan, Hubei and Hunan Province. National Key R&D Program Project of China, 2019.11-2022.12

  • Research on the body heat transfer characteristic and thermal comfort under the condition of indoor thermal environment of multi-radiant cooling walls. National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2016.01-2019.12

  • Study of data mining-based residential building occupant behavior and corresponding energy consumption prediction models. National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2015.01-2017.12

  • Energy storage with energy efficient buildings and districts: optimization and automation. International Energy Agency (IEA) ECES Annex 31. 2014.01-2017.12

  • Applying energy storage in ultra-low energy buildings. IEA ECES Annex 23. 2009-2013

  • Total energy use in buildings-analysis and evaluation methods. IEA ECBCS Annex 53. 2008-2012

Teaching Courses:

  • Integrated design practice

  • Sustainable and ecological design

  • Scene, space and smart city

  • Big data analysis methods for building environment applications

  • Space Heating

  • Boiler and Relevant Equipment

Recent Selected Publications:

  1. Z. Yu, J. Li, B. Yang*, T. Olofsson, G.Q. Zhang. Temporarily occupied space with metabolic-rate-initiated thermal overshoots-A case study in railway stations in transition seasons. Building and Environment. 122 (2017).184-193.

  2. Yaping Zhou, Jiayu Chen, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Jun Li, Gongsheng Huang, Fariborz Haghighat, Guoqiang, Zhang. A novel model based on multi-grained cascade forests with wavelet denoising for indoor occupancy estimation. Building and Environment. 167(2020). 106461.

  3. Zhengxuan Liu, Pengcheng Sun, Shuisheng Li, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Mohamed El Mankibi, Letizia Roccamena, Tingting Yang, Guoqiang Zhang. Enhancing a vertical earth-to-air heat exchanger system using tubular phase change material. Journal of Cleaner Production. 237 (2019). 117763.

  4. Jun Li, Karthik Panchabikesan, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Fariborz Haghighat, Mohamed El Mankibi, David Corgier. Systematic data mining-based framework to discover potential energy waste patterns in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings. 199 (2019). 562-578.

  5. Jun Li, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Fariborz Haghighat, Guoqiang Zhang. Development and improvement of occupant behavior models towards realistic building performance simulation: A review. Sustainable Cities and Society. 50(2019). 101685.

  6. Zhengxuan Liu, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Tingting Yang, Mohamed El Mankibi, Letizia Roccamena, Ying Sun, Pengcheng Sun, Shuisheng Li, Guoqiang Zhang. Experimental and numerical study of a vertical earth-to-air heat exchanger system integrated with annular phase change material. Energy Conversion and Management. 186(2019). 433-449.

  7. Zhengxuan Liu, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Tingting Yang, Letizia Roccamena, Pengcheng Sun, Shuisheng Li, Guoqiang Zhang, Mohamed El Mankibi. Numerical modeling and parametric study of a vertical earth-to-air heat exchanger system. Energy. 172(2019). 220-231.

  8. Zhengxuan Liu, Zhun (Jerry) Yu*, Tingting Yang, Shuisheng Li, Mohamed El Mankibi, Letizia Roccamena, Di Qin, Guoqiang Zhang. Experimental investigation of a vertical earth-to-air heat exchanger system. Energy Conversion and Management. 183(2019). 241-251.

  9. Z. Yu, B. Hu, Y.J. Sun*, A.B. Li, J. Li, G.Q. Zhang. Standby energy use and saving potentials associated with occupant behavior of Chinese rural homes. Energy and Buildings. 154 (2017). 295-304.