McCook grad presents research into energy efficiency of buildings

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Dr. Clayton Miller of Singapore, a native of McCook, spoke to a Future Cities Laboratory conference in Singapore. (Courtesy photos)

SINGAPORE -- A 2002 graduate of McCook Senior High and the son of a rural Culbertson couple presented his PhD research results at a "Future Cities Laboratory" conference in Singapore on Jan. 25.

Dr. Clayton Miller, the son of Jerry and Mel Miller, explained his four-year research into the energy efficiency of 1,238 buildings equipped with computers that measure energy usage and efficiency. The process included traveling to 10 university campuses around the world and interviewing building operators about their data collection and analysis practices.

This field data search resulted in the collection of energy use data from 1,238 non-residential buildings. Using these results, Miller developed a library of more than 100 screening techniques designed to determine various types of behavior that assist in predicting energy performance and the applicability of retrofit. He was then able to apply some of these techniques to a collection of more than 40,000 buildings to target energy savings interventions.

The Future Cities Laboratory believes:

"By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people will be living in cities. Some will be living in brand new cities, while others will be living in existing cities requiring reshaping, rethinking and retrofitting. This rapid increase in urban population challenges us to develop new approaches to imagining, making and managing future cities.

This challenge of urbanization has particular significance for Asia and Africa. Urbanization is a complex process that includes a sharp rise in total human population, a rapid shift from mostly rural to mostly urban ways of living, technological innovation, and the emergence of new economic opportunities. The process has intensified only in the last 200 years (of a 12,000-year history of human settlement), beginning in Europe, developing in America, and now shaping Asia and Africa.

The future cities of Asia and Africa cannot be designed, planned, built and managed through older resource-intensive paradigms and technologies. If they were, we would exceed the biophysical capacity of the planet several times over, and face an environmental, social and economic disaster.

At the heart of rapidly urbanizing Asia, Singapore, a city-state long at the forefront of innovative urban models, has a central role to play in developing and promoting sustainable pathways to urbanization."

Clayton is a 2002 graduate of McCook Senior High. He is a postdoctoral researcher with the "3for2 Project" at the Future Cities Lab in Singapore. He was a Fellow at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) from 2012-2016.

Earlier, he was the CTO of Optiras Pte. Ltd, a startup funded by the National Research Foundation of Singapore and the Small World Group Incubator.

Clayton completed his Doctorate of Sciences from ETH Zurich, and holds a Master of Science (Building) degree from the National University of Singapore and Master of Architectural Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Clayton is the brother of Cassie Spencer of Culbertson and Kimberly Doyle of McCook.

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