Chang Shu

Roles and responsibilities

Assistant Research Officer in Indoor Air Quality group focusing on ventilation and indoor airborne viral transmission control.

Current research and/or projects

  • Retrofits to Improve Resilience of Residential Buildings to Overheating Stress and Wildfire Smoke Exposure
  • Thermal Airflow Analysis in Human-Ventilation Interaction Using Particle Image Velocimetry and Thermal Breathing Manikins
  • Measuring Contaminant Emissions from Artificial Indoor Sports Turf using Robotic Arms
  • Airborne Disease Transmissions Control Using Portable Air Cleaners in Classrooms and Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)
  • COVID-19, Ventilation for Control of Respiratory Infections, and Healthy Built Environment Initiative
  • Reducing the Risk of Viral Contagion from the Airborne Transmission of Pathogens within Buildings
  • Climate-Resilient Buildings and Building Overheating
  • Indoor Aerosol/Bio-aerosol Transmission in Ventilated Environments
  • Review of the Design and Operation of Inflatable Sports Domes


Ph.D. in Building Engineering. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Professional activities/interests

  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) and viral aerosol transmission.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in buildings and urban environment.
  • Flow visualization techniques in buildings and urban environment.
  • Pollutant transmission in buildings and urban environment.
  • Climate change impacts on buildings and energy systems.
  • Climate and weather data generation for building studies.
  • Microclimate simulation and urban climate.
  • Sub-scale modeling (in wind tunnel/chamber) and similarity theories.
  • Machine learning application in building and energy.
  • Building thermal airflow management.
  • Thermal comfort of indoor environment.

Key publications


  • Chang Shu, Abhishek Gaur, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Michael Lacasse, "Evolution of the local climate in Montreal and Ottawa before, during and after a heatwave and the effects on urban heat islands" Science of The Total Environment, (2023): 164497. Access>>
  • Jiwei Zou, Henry Lu, Chang Shu, Lili Ji, Abhishek Gaur, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, "Multiscale numerical assessment of urban overheating under climate projections: A review" Urban Climate, (2023): 101551. Access>>
  • Senwen Yang, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Paul Raftery, Michael Ivanovich, Christian Taber, William P. Bahnfleth, Pawel Wargocki, Jovan Pantelic, Jiwei Zou, Mohammad Mortezazadeh Chang Shu, Runzhong Wang, Scott Arnold, "Comparing airborne infectious aerosol exposures in sparsely occupied large spaces utilizing large-diameter ceiling fans" Building and Environment, (2023): 110022. Access>>
  • Abdelaziz Laouadi, Lili Ji, Chang Shu, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Michael Lacasse, "Overheating Risk Analysis in Long-Term Care Homes—Development of Overheating Limit Criteria" Buildings, 13.2 (2023): 390. Access>>
  • Lili Ji, Chang Shu, Abdelaziz Laouadi, Michael Lacasse, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, "Quantifying improvement of building and zone level thermal resilience by cooling retrofits against summertime heat events" Building and Environment, (2022): 109914. Access>>
  • Saeed Rayegan, Chang Shu, Justin Berquist, Jisoo Jeon, Liang (Grace) Zhou, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Hamza Mbareche, Patrique Tardif, Hua Ge, "A Review on Indoor Airborne Transmission of COVID-19– Modelling and Mitigation Approaches" Journal of Building Engineering, Available online 26 November 2022, 105599. Access>>
  • Chang Shu, Abhishek Gaur, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Michal Bartko, Abdelaziz Laouadi, Lili Ji, Michael Lacasse, "Added value of convection permitting climate modelling in urban overheating assessments " Building and Environment, Available online 5 October 2021, 108415. Access>>
  • Lili Ji, Abdelaziz Laouadi, Chang Shu, Abhishek Gaur, Michael Lacasse, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, "Evaluating Approaches of Selecting Extreme Hot Years for Assessing Building Overheating Conditions during Heatwaves" Energy and Buildings, (2021): 111610. Access>>
  • Dahai Qi, Senwen Yang, Chang Shu, Xin Zhang, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Andreas Athienitis, "An exploratory study on road tunnel with semi-transparent photovoltaic canopy—From energy saving and fire safety perspectives " Building Simulation, 16 September 2021. Access>>
  • Lili Ji, Abdelaziz Laouadi, Chang Shu, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Michael Lacasse, "Evaluation and improvement of the thermoregulatory system for the two-node bioheat model" Energy and Buildings, 15 October 2021, 111235. Access>>
  • Abhishek Gaur, Michael Lacasse, Marianne Margaret Armstrong, Henry Lu, Chang Shu, Allan Fields, Francisco Salamanca Palou, Yujia Zhang, "Effects of using different urban parametrization schemes and land-cover datasets on the accuracy of WRF model over the City of Ottawa" Urban Climate, 35 (2020): 100737. Access>>
  • Chang Shu, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Mohammad Mortezazadeh, "Dimensional analysis of Reynolds independence and regional critical Reynolds numbers for urban aerodynamics." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 203 (2020): 104232. Access>>
  • Chang Shu, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Cheng Zhang, Dahai Qi, "Air Curtain effectiveness rating based on aerodynamics." Building and Environment, 169 (2020): 106582. Access>>
  • Cheng Zhang, Senwen Yang, Chang Shu, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Ted Stathopoulos, "Wind pressure coefficients for buildings with air curtains." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 205 (2020): 104265. Access>>
  • Di Mu, Chang Shu, Naiping Gao, Tong Zhu, "Wind tunnel tests of inter-flat pollutant transmission characteristics in a rectangular multi-storey residential building, part B: Effect of source location." Building and Environment, 114 (2017): 281-292. Access>>
  • Qiaoxia Yang, Meng Liu, Chang Shu, Daniel Mmereki, Md. Uzzal Hossain, Xiang Zhan, "Impact analysis of Window-wall Ratio on heating and cooling energy consumption of residential buildings in hot summer and cold winter zone in China." Journal of Engineering, 2015 (2015). Access>>

Previous work experience

International experience and/or work

Chang Shu

Chang Shu

Assistant Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Other(s): Chinese (Mandarin)

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Energy, Energy Efficiency, Heat Transfer, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Environment, Air, Air Pollution & Quality, Climate, Climate Change and Processes, Climate Modelling, Weather & Meteorology, Urban Meteorology, Geography, Geospatial Analysis, Mapping, Geographic data, Technology, Simulation & Numerical Modelling