Jinchao Yuan




Building Energy Modeling, Energy Analysis, Software Testing


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2007

M.Sc., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2003

B.E., Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2001


Since April 2020, Dr. Yuan has been working on EnergyPlus software development, engineering research, and EnergyPlus user support at GARD Analytics. He has contributed to various new feature development, bug fixes, refactoring, and code review activities for EnergyPlus official releases (v9.4-v9.6). He is also one of the major contributors on ASHRAE Standard 140 Weather Drivers project for energy modeling software validations and ASHRAE Standard 229 for ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G based ruleset development.

Dr. Yuan’s research interest includes new building envelope materials, cooling technology applications, building performance evaluation, natural ventilation, and indoor environment modeling. He was a Co-PI for two externally funded research projects at the University of Idaho. He has also taught energy efficiency courses to the senior and graduate students at University of Idaho and Boise State University. In addition, Dr. Yuan also has 8+ years of experience in engineering consulting for sustainable designs, energy efficiency programs, and building simulations, using popular simulation programs such as EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, Radiance, Ecotect, and ANSYS Fluent (Computational Fluid Dynamics).

Dr. Yuan’s research and development experience has also extended beyond the field of green buildings. He has experience in the research and development of an electromagnetic wave based scientific instrument hardware and software at Oliden Technology in Texas. There he led the inversion subsystem development for a million-dollar Directional Electromagnetic Resistivity downhole tool, and was responsible for related mechanical designs, electronic system design/analysis, and software/firmware algorithm development in the project. He also conducted large scale numerical simulation (FEM, FVM) for electromagnetic wave transport phenomena and mechanical and material strengths as well as experimental validations, to ensure that the tool can achieve super high precision specifications when working under the high-temperature high-pressure drilling environment.


Yuan, J., Yin, H., Yuan, D., Yang, Y., Xu, S. (2021). “On daytime radiative cooling using spectrally selective metamaterial based building envelops,” Energy, Accepted and In-press. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2021.122779.

Elshazli, M.T., Mudaqiq, M., Xing, T., Ibrahim, A., Johnson, B., Yuan, J., (2021). “Experimental study of using Aerogel insulation for residential buildings”, Advances in Building Energy Research, DOI: 10.1080/17512549.2021.2001369

Yuan, J., Yin, H., Cao, P., Yuan, D., Xu., S., 2020. “Daytime radiative cooling of enclosed water using spectral selective metamaterial based cooling surfaces,” Energy for Sustainable Development, 57(August), 22-31.

Fang, H., Zhao, D., Yuan, J., Aili, A., Yin, X., Yang, R., 2019. “Performance evaluation of a metamaterial-based new cool roof using improved Roof Thermal Transfer Value model,” Applied Energy, 248(May), 589–599.

Yang, H., Xie, Y., & Yuan, J., 2019. “Potential of self-drying siding with raised air cavities for building envelopes. Building and Environment,” 152(February), 172–181.

Yuan, J., Zhang K., Zhao, D., Yin, X., Yang, R., Tan, G., 2018. “Energy saving analysis of a metamaterial based radiative cooling system for low-rise residential buildings by integrating with radiant floor,” Article TFEC-2018-22313, 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC), March 2018.

Yuan, J. and Glicksman, L.R., 2011. “Nonlinear Behaviors in Building Ventilation Systems,” proseminar in SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Conference held in Snowbird, UT, May 2011.

Yuan, J. and Glicksman, L.R., 2011. “Dynamical Aspects and Design Implications for Buoyancy Chimney and Wind Scoop Ventilation in a Natural Ventilated Building,” Indoor Air Conference held in Austin, TX, June 2011.

Yuan, J. and Glicksman, L.R., 2010. “Using Statistical Methods to Investigate the Mapping from Initial Values to the Multiple Steady States in Complex Building Simulation Problems,” SimBuild 2010, pp. 427-433.

Yuan, J. and Glicksman, L.R., 2008. “Multiple steady states in combined buoyancy and wind driven natural ventilation: the conditions for multiple solutions and the critical point for initial conditions,” Building and Environment, vol. 43(1), pp. 62-69.

Srebric, J., Yuan, J., and Novoselac, A., 2008. “On-site experimental validation of a coupled multi-zone and CFD model for building contaminant transport simulations,” ASHRAE Transactions, vol. 114(1), pp. 273-281.

Yuan, J. and Glicksman, L.R., 2007. “Transitions between the multiple steady states in a natural ventilation system with combined buoyancy and wind driven flows,” Building and Environment, vol. 42(10), pp. 3500-3516.