Building Environment and Energy Laboratory (BEEL) in South China University of Technology was established in 1999. It is the first laboratory in southern China specialized in the building energy efficient technology research, building energy-saving components and materials testing and building energy efficient design and built thermal environment consulting.
BEEL is also a key part of State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science, which is the first state key laboratory focused on building science in China. BEEL is acting as a public supporting platform for teaching, research and cultivation. Its purpose is to serve for teaching and scientific researches, promote academic development and train creative researchers. It also provides practical service for testing the energy-efficient constructions and materials.
BEEL is focused on the scientific researches of passive evaporation cooling, advanced technologies for energy saving, human response to indoor and outdoor climate, building performance simulation and design and urban microclimate. The studies were supported by many foundations, including 8 projects by National Natural Science Foundation of China, 4 projects by National Key Technology R&D Program of China, 5 projects by National Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province of China, 1 project by Guangdong-Hongkong Technology Cooperation Funding and 3 projects by State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science. Based on these studies, 19 national or local standards were compiled chiefly by BEEL, including Design Standard for Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings in Hot Summer and Warm Winter Zone，Design Standard for Building Energy Efficiency of Guangzhou College Town, Design Standard for the Thermal Environment of Urban Residential Area, Assessment System for Green Building of Beijing Olympic and etc. BEEL has obtained two science and technology awards from Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, one science and technology award from Guangdong Province, nine patents (including authorized ones and applications）and four research achievements in the international advanced level. The studies in BEEL have been adopted in 14 national or local standards and guided the energy efficiency design of new residential buildings at the rate of 300 million square meters per year. Around 50 national or local key buildings were consulted and evaluated by BEEL on thermal environment and energy-efficiency, such as Badminton Gym and Wrestling Gym for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Swimming Gym for 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, International Biological Island in Guangzhou, Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, Sanya Phoenix International Airport, Guangzhou New Baiyun International Airport, Guangdong Archives Building, Huiyang Archives Building, Zhanjiang Broadcasting&Television Center，and some residential blocks’ planning and design projects of many developers such as Shenzhen Merchants Real Estate Development Corporation, Shenzhen Wanke Real Estate Development Corporation, Shenzhen Jindi Real Estate Development Corporation，Guangzhou City Construction & Development Property Holdings and so on.
There are 7 sublabs in BEEL, which are Dynamic Wind Tunnel for Hot-humid Region, Optical Performance Lab, Thermal Resisted Coating Lab, Thermal Conductivity Lab, Thermal Transmission Lab, Climate Chamber and Building Energy and Environment Simulation Lab. The Wind Tunnel in BEEL is the first tunnel in the world for dynamic reproduction of hot-humid climate. In May 2008, BEEL passed the China Metrology Accreditation and became the first laboratory in building energy-saving field which obtains the accreditation applied from university. It belongs to South China University of Technology and specializes in the inspection of building energy-saving projects as a third-party institution.
BEEL is active in international academic exchange with universities and research institutes, including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Edinburgh, Cardiff University, Japan Institute of Architecture, Tohoku University, the University of Kitakyushu, the University of Malaysia, Taiwan Cheng Kung University, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and etc.