Yunyang Ye
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Ph.D. Thesis

 "Standardized Computational Framework for Prototypical Building Energy Model Creation and Building Energy Analyses." (2019)

Nominee of 2019 College of Engineering & Applied Science Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (One nominee per department)

First Job After Graduation

Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Dr. Yunyang Ye graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Environment and Facilities Engineering from Tongji University, China in 2013. He then continued into his Master’s Degree in Power Engineering (HVAC) in Tongji University and graduated in March 2016. In his years at the university, he has published various journal papers and conference papers. He was also awarded second prize in the Energy Star Contest in 2012, third prize in China of the 5th National University Student Contest on Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in 2012, and third prize of the College Scholarship for the top 15% students in 2011. In addition, he received a Scholarship for Outstanding Students in 2012 and ASHRAE Travel Grant-in-aid award in 2019. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. During his study at CU Boulder, he focused on large-scale building energy modeling, sensitivity analysis, building energy codes, and net zero energy community.

Research Interests

Large-scale building energy modeling, sensitivity analysis, building energy codes, and net zero energy community.

Research Projects

04/2016 - 03/2020: ASHRAE - 1771-TRP, Energy Modeling of Typical Commercial Buildings in Support of ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient Energy Rating Program

03/2019 - 09/2019: DOE - Building Energy Modeling - OpenStudio SDK Development and Management (joint project with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

05/2019 - 08/2019: DOE - Virtual Electric Power Board (EPB) (joint project with Oak Ridge National Laboratory)


  • Yunyang Ye 2019. ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Award. ASHRAE, $10,000. 2019.
  • ASHRAE Student Travel Grant. ASHRAE University of Colorado Boulder Student Branch, $750. 2018.
  • Outstanding Service Award. ASHRAE University of Miami Chapter. 2017


Journal Papers:

  1.  Y. Lou, Y. Yang, Y. Ye, C. He, W. Zuo. 2022. "The Economic Impacts of Carbon Emission Trading Scheme on Building Retrofits: A Case Study with US Medium Office Buildings," Building and Environment, 221, pp. 109311.
  2. C. Tian, Y. Ye, Y. Lou, W. Zuo, G. Zhang, C. Li 2022. “Daily Power Demand Prediction for Buildings at a Large Scale Using a Hybrid of Physics-based Model and Generative Adversarial Network,” Building Simulation, pp. 1-17.
  3. Y. Lou, Y. Ye, Y. Yang, W. Zuo 2022. “Long-term Carbon Emission Reduction Potential of Building Retrofits with Dynamically Changing Electricity Emission Factors.” Building and Environment, 210, pp. 108683.
  4. Y. Lou, Y. Yang, Y. Ye, W. Zuo, J. Wang 2021. “The Effect of Building Retrofit Measures on CO2 Emissions Reduction – A Case Study with U.S. Medium Office Buildings.” Energy and Buildings, 253, pp. 111514.
  5. Y. Ye, K. Hinkelman, Y. Lou, W. Zuo, G. Wang, G., J. Zhang 2021. "Evaluating the Energy Impact Potential of Energy Efficiency Measures for Retrofit Applications: A Case Study with US Medium Office Buildings." Building Simulation, pp. 1-17.
  6. S, Huang, Y. Ye, Di. Wu, W. Zuo 2021. “An Assessment of Power Flexibility from Commercial Building Cooling Systems in the United States.” Energy. 221, pp 119571.
  7. Y. Ye, Y. Lou, W. Zuo, E. Franconi, G. Wang 2020. "How Do Electricity Pricing Programs Impact the Selection of Energy Efficiency Measures? - A Case Study with U.S. Medium Office Buildings." Energy and Buildings, 224, pp. 110267.
  8. Y. Ye, Y. Lou, M. Strong, S. Upadhyaya, W. Zuo, G. Wang 2020. "Development of New Baseline Models for U.S. Medium Office Buildings Based on Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Data." Science and Technology for the Built Environment, pp. 1-19.
  9. Y. Ye, K. Hinkelman, J. Zhang, W. Zuo, G. Wang 2019. “A Methodology to Create Prototypical Building Energy Models for Existing Buildings: A Case Study on U.S. Religious Worship Buildings.” Energy and Buildings, 194, pp. 351-365.
  10. S. Huang, Y. Ye, X. Han, W. Zuo, X. Zhang, L. Jiang 2019. “Performance Evaluation of Heating Tower Heat Pump Systems over the World.” Energy Conversion and Management, 186, pp. 500-515.
  11. Y. Ye, W. Zuo, G. Wang 2019. “A Comprehensive Review of Energy-Related Data for U.S. Commercial Buildings.” Energy and Buildings, 186, pp. 126-137.
  12. G. Zhou, Y. Ye, W. Zuo,  X. Zhou, X. Xu 2018. “Fast and Efficient Prediction of Finned-Tube Heat Exchanger Performance Using Wet-Dry Transformation Method with Nominal Data.” Applied Thermal Engineering, 145, pp. 133-146.
  13. G. Zhou, Y. Ye, J. Wang, W. Zuo, Y. Fu, X. Zhou 2018. “Modeling Air-to-Air Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Without Dehumidification.” Applied Thermal Engineering, 143, pp. 137-148.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers:

  1. Y. Lou, Y. Ye, W. Zuo, Y. Zhang 2021. "Energy Prediction Impact of the Space Level Occupancy Schedule for a Primary School." Proceeding of the 17th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (Building Simulation 2021), September 1-3, Bruges, Belgium.
  2. Y. Ye, K. Hinkelman, W. Zuo, G. Wang. “ASHRAE TRP-1771: Methodology to Evaluate Sensitive Levels of Inputs for US Commercial Building Models.” ASHRAE 2019 Annual Conference, June 22-26, Kansas City, MO.
  3. Q. Zhou, M. Wang, J. Ni, Y. Ye, W. Zuo 2018. "DdBB: A Data-driven Framework for Building Energy Use Benchmarking." 2018 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA) 2018 Aug 11 (pp. 716-721). IEEE.
  4. Y. Ye, G. Wang, W. Zuo, P. Yang, K. Joshi 2018. “Development of a Baseline Building Model of Auto Service and Repair Shop.” 2018 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild (BPACS 2018), pp. 573-580, September 26-28, Chicago, IL.
  5. Y. Ye, G. Wang, W. Zuo 2018. “Creation of a Prototype Building Model of College and University Building.” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE2018), pp. 373-378, February 5-9, Melbourne, Australia.
  6. G. Zhou, Y. Ye, W. Zuo, X. Zhou 2018. “Modelling Air-To-Air Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Without Condensation.” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE2018), pp. 597-602, February 5-9, Melbourne, Australia.  
  7. G. Zhou, Y. Ye, W. Zuo, X. Zhou 2017. “Modelling Water-Cooled Air Coolers Under Wet-Cooing Conditions. (in Chinese)” Chinese National Conference on HVAC Modeling, Guangzhou, China, December 6-8, 2017.