Brett C. Singer is a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator (PI) in the Energy Technologies Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Singer is a Deputy Leader of the Indoor Environment Group and co-leader of Indoor Air Quality research in the Residential Building Systems Group. Dr. Singer has conceived, conducted and led research projects related to air pollutant emissions, physical-chemical processes, and pollutant exposures in both outdoor and indoor environments. His research aims to understand the real world processes and systems that affect air pollutant exposures. His guiding professional motivation is to provide the scientific basis to inform energy and environmental policy.
The current focus of Dr. Singer’s work is environmental quality and risk reduction in high performance homes. The ultimate goal of this research is to accelerate the adoption of IAQ, comfort, durability and sustainability measures into new homes and retrofits of existing homes. This is achieved through the mechanisms of buildings codes and standards; training of builders and contractors; public education; and technology development – all supported by robust research. The IE and RBS research groups conduct in-home studies, controlled laboratory experiments, simulation-based studies and data analysis to identify the most effective and energy efficient air quality control strategies.
Dr. Singer’s early career research examined on-road motor vehicle emissions and the effectiveness of California’s Smog Check program. His first project at LBNL examined the sorption of secondhand smoke compounds, an effect that contaminates materials and leads to extended odors and pollutant exposures. This work helped launch interest in the study of “thirdhand” smoke. He was an LBNL technical lead on studies of the chemistry of cleaning products, the effect of sorption of exposures to air toxics and potential releases of chemical weapons, exposures to traffic related pollutants, and the environmental impacts of liquefied natural gas.
Dr. Singer is currently the PI on projects examining IAQ in California homes with natural gas appliances, the effectiveness of various designs for residential filtration systems, and a federal interagency project aiming to create the knowledge needed to shift existing residential ventilation standards to a health basis. He was co-PI on a study of energy and indoor air quality retrofits in low-income apartments.
Dr. Singer has authored or co-authored over 40 papers published in archival, peer-reviewed journals dozens of technical reports and peer-reviewed conference papers.
Education: Brett earned a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, 1991) from Temple