SHEN Pengyuan
1102A, Building G, Harbin Institute of Technology, University Town (518055)
Pengyuan Shen is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzhen. He got his bachelor degree from School of Mechanical Engineering in Tongji University, with a focus on building environmental engineering. Then he received the PhD degree from the Department of Architecture in University of Pennsylvania at May, 2018 and joined HIT right after. He has served as a research assistant in the Center for Environmental Building Design (CEBD) at UPenn for the past three years and an affiliate member of Responsive Architecture Lab, Illinois School of Architecture, UIUC starting from 2016. He also peer-reviewed publications in top class building science journals including Energy and Buildings, Energy, Energy for Sustainable Development, etc.
Building energy simulation, data-driven models, optimization, climate change impacts on buildings, and regional building energy modeling.
Bachelor of Engineering, Building Environment, Tongji University
Master of Science in Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Engineer, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science
Research Assistant, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University
• Regional residential energy use modeling: use bottom-up modeling method to understand and improve the energy use of regional residential building sector. Develop bottom-up models based on modeling prototypical building type in a region.
• CFD coupled building simulation (EnergyPlus): to understand the impacts of neighborhood form on the energy use of the buildings in the neighborhood considering the difference in convective heat transfer coefficients. Coding with Python to couple EnergyPlus with Fluent (CFD simulation) via BCVTB (building controls virtual test bed) and find the optimal form of the neighborhood to reduce the overall energy use of buildings in the neighborhood.
PhD Fellowship

Peng Xu, Rongxin Yin, Pengyuan Shen, Yaming Zhu, Chao Liu, Changfu Wu, Overview of U.S. Building Energy Efficiency Research, China Building Industry Press, 2012


[1] Xu P, Huang YJ, Miller N, Schlegel N, Shen P. Impacts of climate change on building heating and cooling energy patterns in California. Energy. 2012;44(1):792-804. (JCR一区, IF: 5.58)

[2] Xu P, Xu T, Shen P. Advancing evaporative rooftop packaged air conditioning: A new design and performance model development. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2012;40:8-17. (JCR二区, IF: 3.93)

[3] Yin R, Xu P, Shen P. Case study: Energy savings from solar window film in two commercial buildings in Shanghai. Energy and Buildings. 2012;45:132-40. (JCR二区, IF: 4.78)

[4] Xu P, Huang J, Shen P, Ma X, Gao X, Xu Q, et al. Commercial building energy use in six cities in Southern China. Energy Policy. 2013;53:76-89. (JCR一区, IF: 5.04)

[5] Xu P, Xu T, Shen P. Energy and behavioral impacts of integrative retrofits for residential buildings: What is at stake for building energy policy reforms in northern China? Energy Policy. 2013;52(0):667-76. (JCR一区, IF: 5.04)

[6] Shen P, Lukes JR. Impact of global warming on performance of ground source heat pumps in US climate zones. Energy Conversion and Management. 2015;101:632-43. (JCR一区, IF: 6.38)

[7] Shen P, Lior N. Vulnerability to climate change impacts of present renewable energy systems designed for achieving net-zero energy buildings. Energy. 2016;114:1288-305. (JCR一区, IF: 5.58)

[8] Shen P. Impacts of climate change on U.S. building energy use by using downscaled hourly future weather data. Energy and Buildings. 2017;134:61-70. (JCR二区, IF: 4.78)

[9] Shen P. Development of a Methodology for Fast Optimization of Building Retrofit and Decision Making Support [Ph.D. Dissertation]. Ann Arbor: University of Pennsylvania, 2018.

[10] Shen P, Braham W, Yi Y. Development of a lightweight building simulation tool using simplified zone thermal coupling for fast parametric study. Applied Energy. 2018;223:188-214. (JCR一区, IF: 7.9)

[11] Shen P, Braham W, Yi Y. The feasibility and importance of considering climate change impacts in building retrofit analysis. Applied Energy. 2019;233-234:254-70. (JCR一区, IF: 7.9)

[12] Shen P, Braham W, Yi Y, Eaton E. Rapid multi-objective optimization with multi-year future weather condition and decision-making support for building retrofit. Energy. 2019;172:892-912 (JCR一区, IF: 5.58)
[13] Shen P, Dai M, Xu P, Dong W. Building heating and cooling load under different neighbourhood forms: Assessing the effect of external convective heat transfer. Energy. 2019;173:75-91. (JCR一区, IF: 5.58)
Graduate Course, Department of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.

2013 to 2017

• TA and Lecturer for ARCH-753 (Building Simulation, 2013 Fall & 2017 Fall): The course teaches students how to do simulation concerned with building energy performance, covering popular building simulation tools like Ecotect, IES, eQuest, DesignBuilder (EnergyPlus engine), and Honeybee (for 2017). My responsibilities include giving in-course lectures on software using, designing and writing class handouts according to the requirement of the lecturer, grading homework, and holding review sessions

• TA for ARCH-533 (Building Environmental System I, 2014 & 2015 Fall): the course focuses on fundamental principles of building sustainable design as a process that can be applied to design projects; TA work involves homework grading, exam grading, part of the designing for weekly in-class quiz questions, organizing and holding office hour

• TA and Lecturer for ARCH-534 (Building Environmental System II, 2015 & 2016 Spring): The course focuses on detailed introduction to high energy performance building in terms of HVAC system, lighting system, building envelope system, etc. TA work includes giving in-course lectures on simulation tool using, homework grading, exam grading, holding office hour, design building simulation case study, holding extra session and instructing student’s mid and final exams and projects

• Class Reviewer ARCH 751 (Ecology, Technology, and Design, 2015 Fall): critical review for students’ mid/final projects which use emergy method and analysis for buildings, industrial products and manufacturing process

• Class Reviewer ARCH 708 (MEBD Design Studio, 2017 Spring): critical review for student’s design named “New Chautauqua Institute” based on four criteria: iterative techniques for design with climate, focusing on the effect of responsive envelopes; detailed exploration of the architectural characteristics of a responsive element; analysis of the local site; and a “synthesized “thermodynamic narrative.

• Guest Lecturer ARCH 632 (Performance and Design: Parametric Integration Workshop, 2017 spring): invited to give a guest lecture on the topic “Machine Learning and its Application in Building Science”.

Undergraduate Course & Workshop, Department of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, CN

• Lecturer and Instructor of C9 Summer School in Harbin Institute of Technology (Lecture & Design Workshop): Gave lecture on the topic “Indoor thermal comfort and building performance in historic rehabilitation”, as well as designing, instructing, and organizing the workshop “building retrofit design workshop based on environmental analysis”. Taught student how to do environmental analysis and building simulation in Grasshopper, Rhino and apply the analysis skills to designing.

Undergraduate, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.


• TA & Residential Assistant for Robert A. Fox Leadership Program: As a TA for the summer program, helped undergraduate students with their cours