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Dr. Umberto Berardi

Umberto Berardi
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Building Science
MSc, PhD, PEng (EU)

Areas of Specialization

Energy efficiency


Urban physics





Year University Degree
2011 Politecnico di Bari PhD
2009 University of Southampton MEng
2008 Politecnico di Bari MArch

Courses Taught

Course Code Course Title
BL8100 Building Science Theory
BL8104 Building Design Studio
ASC 521 Light/Sound in Architecture


The view from the conference room window is breathtaking: a cherry tree in full bloom, dappled light shining through the branches. That the window does not open may seem to be a negative. But for Umberto Berardi, it’s a valuable reminder of the crucial role that design plays in our lives. “As architects and building scientists,” he says, “we should aim to encourage symbiosis between the outdoors and indoors.”

Berardi is passionate about the relationship between buildings, the environment and ourselves, and sees advancements in technology as playing a major role. From automatic shading controls, to innovative thermal storage, the technology we use to engage with buildings is advancing quickly, including Berardi’s own research. Concerned with improving building energy performance by incorporating nanotechnologies and aerogels, he’s excited about the shape his work is taking and its potential for contributing to a reduction in energy consumption.

As for his students, Berardi is confident that they will push architecture far and transform cities. “They look forward to challenging conventions,” he says, tapping on the glass that separates him from that beautiful tree. “Like this window.”

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Umberto Berardi

“More and more, we are giving people ways to react and engage with the buildings they occupy.”

  • 10th Canada's Clean16 award and Clean50 winner, list category R&D (2021)
  • Most Cited Author, the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling (2020) 
  • Best Paper Award, 7th ICSD Conference, New York (2019) 
  • Best Paper Award, 4th AIGE/IIETA International Conference (2019) 
  • Early Research Career Excellence Award, Toronto Metropolitan University (2018)
  • CFI - JELF, BeTOP – Building efficiency: Testing, Operation and Performance of advanced building systems (2017)
  • Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Early Researcher Award (2017)
  • Franco Strazzabosco Award for Best Young Engineer – ISSNAF, Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (2016)
  • U. Berardi, L. Abdolmaleki, Single and multi-phase change materials used in cooling systems, International Journal of Thermophysics, 2022
  • D.M. Degefu, Z. Liao, U. Berardi, G. Labbé, The dependence of thermophysical and hygroscopic properties of macro-porous geopolymers on Si/Al, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 2022
  • S. Soudian, U. Berardi, Design optimization of a multifunctional integrated climate-responsive opaque and ventilated façade using parametric simulations, Applied Thermal Engineering, 2022
  • Y. Chen, J. Yang, U. Berardi, G. Cui, R. Li, N. Li, Assessments of multiple operation strategies in a passive office building in cold region of China, Energy and Buildings, 2022
  • D.M. Degefu, Z. Liao, U. Berardi, G. Labbé, The Effect of Activator Ratio on the Thermal and Hygeric Properties of Aerated Geopolymers, Journal of Building Engineering, 2022
  • K. Khaled, U. Berardi, Energy modeling of static and adaptive glazing systems, Journal of Building Engineering, 2021
  • U. Berardi, P. Jafarpur, Effects of climate changes on building energy demand and thermal comfort in Canadian office buildings adopting different temperature setpoints, Journal of Building Engineering, 2021
  • J. Hun Park, S. Wi, S. Jin Chang, U. Berardi, Energy retrofit of PCM-applied apartment buildings considering building orientation and height, Energy, 2021
  • S. Soudian, U. Berardi, Development of a performance-based design framework for multi-functional climate-responsive façades, Energy and Buildings, 2021
  • D.G. Atinafu, U. Berardi, et al. Potential utility of HKUST-1-graphite nanocomposite to endow alkane with high thermal properties and low electrical resistivity, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021
  • BeTOP - Building efficiency: Testing, Operation, and Performance. Material Research Laboratory
  • Building Technology Lab
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Energy and Buildings, Sustainable Cities and Society, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, and Building Simulation.
  • Editor-in-chief of the "Canadian Acoustics" journal
  • Associate Editor of "Journal of Building Engineering" and  "Intelligent Building International"
  • IBPSA-Canada, Member of the Board of Directors, 2020-2022
  • Canadian Association of Acoustics, Member of the Board of Directors, 2020-2023