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Applied research in the area of Sustainable Architecture and Energy Efficient Construction involves projects that seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in use of materials, energy, and development space, both in construction processes and resulting infrastructure. Partners collaborate with the faculty and students of programs like Architectural Technology, Computer Engineering, Project Management, and Sustainable Energy and Building Technology to work on these projects, creating more sustainable architecture.

 

Collaborators can work on Sustainability projects at Humber in facilities such as the Sustainable Energy Labs, Energy Auditing Lab, Building Automation Systems Lab, and the Renewable Energy Lab. Applied Research & Innovation has supported Sustainable Architecture projects in the past, such as designing Passive Houses, energy modeling of building envelopes and insulation with Roxul, and analyzing the common wall air leakage quantification in solid masonry semi-detached homes.

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Elizabeth Fenuta
Elizabeth Fenuta

Professor, School of Applied Technology

Dragos Paraschiv
Dragos Paraschiv

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Elizabeth Fenuta

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Elizabeth Fenuta has worked on a variety of applied research projects with ARI that focus on sustainable architecture and building technology. Fenuta and her students have collaborated with Toronto Region Conservation Authority, working on sustainable applied research projects like creating a Sustainable Design Space for the Kortright Centre, and developing a passive house design.

Most recently, Fenuta and her team of students collaborated with B+H Architects to redesign the Humber N-Building.

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Dragos Paraschiv

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Dragos Paraschiv has worked on a handful of research projects in partnership with such collaborators as ROXUL Inc. and Ontario Passive House. With an expertise in sustainable energy and building technology, Paraschiv has led his student research teams to analyze thermal energy performance of residential building envelope assemblies to achieve Passive House standard, as well as analyzing the effect of the use of LED lighting in classrooms.

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