BETOP Inc. is a Canadian based building material research laboratory powered by the Science Discovery Zone at Ryerson University. In BETOP Inc. we perform testing in addition to research and development on innovative building materials for the building envelope with focus on enhancing the energy efficiency and durability of buildings.

Mission

The focus at “BETOP Inc.” is to reimagine the role of materials in the building envelope as factors of change in building performance, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. To achieve this main goal, BETOP provides testing services in addition to research and development on conventional and innovative building materials.

Vision

Our prospect at BETOP is to facilitate a platform to represent innovative alternative building materials that can change the trajectory of building envelope design and lead to more energy efficient and sustainable construction. Our objective is to build collaborations between academic and industry partners through our testing and development services. We provide testing services at affordable costs and different scales to create a material profile. Ultimately our long term goal is to evaluate the potential for market integration of the developed materials from our research.

Umberto Berardi

Umberto Berardi

Research Director and Scientific Advisor

Dr. Berardi is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, in Toronto. His main research interests are related to the study of new innovative materials for energy saving applications. He directs the BETOP Ryerson lab for new building system and technology development and testing.

Shahrzad Soudian

Shahrzad Soudian

Material research and development Director

Shahrzad is a Ph.D student at Ryerson University. She is a MASc graduate in Building Science with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering. Her research focus is on advanced building materials, with particular interest in dynamic behaviour of materials.

Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo

Testing and operation Managing Director

Andres is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Applied Science and Management program at Ryerson University, in Toronto – Canada. His main research interests are related to the study of building systems that incorporate new bio-based construction materials for improving its thermal and energy performance. His focus is on studying bio-based phase change materials (PCM) and natural insulating products, to be used mainly in building energy retrofits for improving energy efficiency without compromising occupant thermal comfort.

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