Towards Development of a Decision Making Tool for Owners, Designers and Municipalities: Surveying Current Domestic Water Conservation Technologies and Tools for Single Family Residential Dwellings

The proposed project will survey “best-in-class” decentralized water conservation technologies and approaches such as rainwater harvesting systems and greywater recycling systems for use in single family residential dwellings in Canada. The proposed project will also survey all tools and resources provided by water conservation authorities such as CMHC to homeowners, building designers and municipalities. The proposed project will work with S2E to develop a final comprehensive report which will allow for the research results to be applied to S2E’s Project Smart Community.

Computational Design Research and Dissemination Methods: ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture Conference

The goal of this project is to develop enhanced knowledge and gain applied experience through technical research, development and knowledge mobilization activities. The research topic is focused on adaptive architectures with a focus on computational design of environmentally responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable structures. Working with Philip Beesley as academic chair of ACADIA 2013 and as principal of Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

Computational Design Research and Dissemination Methods: ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture Conference

The goal of this project is to develop enhanced knowledge and gain applied experience through technical research, development and knowledge mobilization activities. The research topic is focused on adaptive architectures with a focus on computational design of environmentally responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable structures. Working with Philip Beesley as academic chair of ACADIA 2013 and as principal of Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

Investigation of the practicality and benefits of integrating photovoltaic (PV) arrays with greenroofs

Throughout Canada manufacturers and distributers of green roof and photovoltaic (PV) panels compete for installation projects on top of industrial, commercial and high-density residential rooftops. These technologies are often viewed as direct competitors as both systems reduce the environmental impact of buildings, albeit through different mechanisms, and consequently, rooftop designs rarely, if ever, apply both technologies.

Evaluating green roof performance and design in the Toronto area

Green roofs minimize stormwater runoff, building cooling costs, and provide other social, economic, and environmental benefits. Green roofs are also highly-proprietary, with the industry having many components to suite different applications, all influencing green roof survival and performance. With a green roof by-law and construction standard in Toronto, green roof coverage is consistently among the top cities in North America annually, however there exists no published data on green roof performance for the region, nor on the health and status of the City’s existing green roofs.

Desirable density in Vancouver's rental housing market

Vancouver’s rental market is Canada’s most expensive. Financial constraints and need for more space often push families outside of the down-town area towards suburban areas. This research will propose a new type of housing likely to increase Vancouver’s retention capabilities towards this type of inhabitant. Census information shows that a net loss of 2% of new families decide to leave the city annually, suggesting that the housing infrastructure they require is not available. The market offers small apartments with no access to the outside and priced beyond the average financial means.

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on

The intern will participate in a variety of activities related to research and analysis related to building programs carried out by various levels of government in connection with Canada’s Centennial of Confederation in 1967. The research will include literature review, archival research, project documentation and analysis, and collection and interpretation of project data, and will contribute to the preparation of grant proposals to major funding agencies.

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on

The intern will participate in a variety of activities related to research and analysis related to building programs carried out by various levels of government in connection with Canada’s Centennial of Confederation in 1967. The research will include literature review, archival research, project documentation and analysis, and collection and interpretation of project data, and will contribute to the preparation of grant proposals to major funding agencies.

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on

The intern will participate in a variety of activities related to research and analysis related to building programs carried out by various levels of government in connection with Canada’s Centennial of Confederation in 1967. The research will include literature review, archival research, project documentation and analysis, and collection and interpretation of project data, and will contribute to the preparation of grant proposals to major funding agencies.

Leacock Museum National Historic Site – Conservation Study

The research project will investigate and analyze a range of existing site and building conditions that may require upgrading and/or conservation at the existing Leacock Museum, former home of Canadian humourist, Stephen Leacock. The site is a National Historic Site, located in Orillia, Ontario. Research will be focused on: barrier free accessibility; exterior cladding; exterior historic woodwork condition; energy savings; and assessment of the site as a cultural heritage landscape.

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