Advanced building envelopes, Rating multi-criteria assemblies

The objective of this study is to rate various envelope typologies according to criteria of most consequence to the participants of the Sustainable Housing Foundation’s Envelope Challenge. The study will create a framework for rating envelopes in a multi-criteria format.

A study of green building rating systems for existing buildings in Canada


The objective of this study is to determine how LEED Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance [LEED EB (O&M)] and BOMA BESt rating systems perfrom with respect to reductions in environmental impact, measureable resource use, continual improvement and perceived social values. The study will also place these two ratings into a context of other environmental initiatives that may affect building owners and occupiers.

Cumulative effects of development on pronghorn distribution and movements in the Northern Sagebrush Steppe

In North America, the prairies of the Great Plains represent an important natural region and provide crucial ecological goods and services for both humans and wildlife. The intern's research looks to evaluate cumulative effects of development on multi]scalar habitat and movement pathway selections of pronghorn, considered an indicator species for the overall health of prairie ecosystems, across the Northern Sagebrush Steppe (NSS).

Low-Energy Envelope Design on Toronto High-rise Apartment

One of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings is to construct them with more advanced envelope systems. There appears to be a lack of study in this area for apartments in North America and this research project aims to fill that gap. The objective of this project is to provide a deeper understanding and recommend standards on optimal envelope systems for apartment buildings tailored to the Canadian climatic conditions.

The Space Between

This project explores the space between the users and Kodak’s products. It focuses on the application of user‐centered design research methodologies and techniques to define opportunities surrounding Kodak products’ usability, workflow and user experience. Specific and extensive research will be done on Kodak products. These products can be installed in a variety of combinations, and used by customers, who expect a high level of integration and efficiency across the multiple Kodak products installed in their plant.

Comparing Carbon Emissions from Constructing a Steel and Concrete Frame Building

Developing a thorough comprehensive understanding of the full environmental impacts inherent from the construction industry is a current challenge in order to facilitate the decision making during the design proces to achieve sustainability. An efficient method to analyze such impacts is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which evaluates the impacts such as global warming emissions, air pollution, waste, resource use, and water impacts cumulatively through each stage of a product or process life span, from the raw material extraction, to its use and final disposal.