Energy Optimization Design Tool for Data-driven Building Massing

This project enhances the impact of a basic tool for early stage design decisions such as orientation,and building envelope composition on energy performance of the building. The proposed project adds the capabilities of the basic tool to drive, not only decisions regarding the design articulation of the building envelope, but also the design of the building geometry as a whole, in order to optimize the overall energy performance of the building. The tool will aim as well at integrating advanced building envelope systems (such as ventilated facades) with other building systems (e.g.

Asset Information Modelling for Non-Urban Environments (AIM-NUE)

In 2016, in partnership with The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEED), we started exploring the potential of AIM to represent and manage multi-dimensional graphic and semantic assets related to a geospatially large (40,000+km2), non-urban environment in Eastern Ontario. The area under study is comprised primarily of what Statistics Canada identifies as “rural and small town” (RST) census subdivisions with varying degrees of metropolitan influence.

Air Quality and Heat-Related Health (and Death) Effects of Increasing Green areas: the case study of the Greenbelt’s Urban River Valleys

The Greater Toronto Area has experienced significant urbanization during the past decade; meanwhile, the consequences of the urban heat island and the frequency and duration of the heat waves are becoming more evident. Preserving the green areas and increasing vegetation leads to a decrease in air temperature, an increase in evapotranspiration, a decrease in cooling energy demand; and provide better thermal comfort for inhabitants.

Development of Energy Flow Emulators for Greenhouse and Industrial Facilities

360 Energy is a Canadian company specializing in energy management, providing consultation services for the, commercial, greenhouses, and industrial sectors. Their current workflow utilizes a proprietary tool that that is labour intensive, which this research will seek to automate. The proposed approach is to create a building model that will output an energy breakdown of the building. The interns will undergo research to quantify the key variables for their building, exploring various data capture techniques utilizing sensors, and algorithms for statistical analysis.

Digital Fabrication and Design using Ultra-High Performance Concrete

3D concrete printing and the digital design processes associated with this technology are developing quickly across the world, both in academia and in practice, moving from the realm of the artisan to the early stages of automated manufacturing.
How do architects engage this emerging new field that combines fabrication technologies with material in their design processes? Emerging use of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) creates designs without steel reinforcing in thinner structures by using fine sand and integrated fibre reinforcements.

Mass Timber Material Estimation Tool for Use in Early Stages of Project Design

A gap exists in the mass timber industry between modelled construction strategies and its corresponding material usage data. Using a tool that associates visualization and corresponding data, material take offs and costing can be better communicated to clients.

Habitat security mapping for improving human-wildlife coexistence in the Bow Valley

Tourism, nature-based recreation and residential development within the Bow Valley (BV) of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are all valued and continually increasing. The BV is also important for large mammals as it provides habitat for iconic species like grizzly bears to live in and move through. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is dedicated to balancing the needs of people and wildlife, and collaborated with stakeholders to recommend how to improve human-wildlife coexistence in the BV.

Developing and evaluating multi-functional rain gardens

Rain gardens are shallow planted depressions in the ground that infiltrate, and evaporate urban rainwater. They are a kind of green infrastructure that provide an alternative to putting polluted urban runoff into the storm sewer system. The researchers will build and test new designs and installation methods for rain gardens. The new designs will incorporate habitat for bees and other pollinators and will use a mix of planted and seeded plants. The public will be shown pictures of the research rain gardens in an urban setting and asked to give their opinions as to which ones they prefer.

Phytotechnologies Monitoring Impacts and Resilience of Native Species and Northern Climates

The Phytoremediation Pilot Project is a collaborative effort between Aya Kitchens and Landscape Architect Pete North to create a buffer system that will stabilize soil contamination left by historic industrial activity at 1551 Catepillar Rd., Mississauga. The site borders the Little Etobicoke Creek, a tributary to the Etobicoke Creek and designated a Significant Natural Area, and prior to the installation of the Phytoremediation Pilot Project groundwater had been transporting contaminants from the soil to the creek.

Machine learning classification for pump fault and failure detection

This project aims to develop an automated ability capable of detecting faults with pumps. This is referred as “Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis” (AFDD). Equipment performance begins to worsen throughout time due to various reasons, where these reasons are referred to as “faults”. Generally, there is an understanding of the various faults and causes for equipment failure, but the challenge arises in development of a tool capable of accurately and automatically detecting these issues.