The Institute has selected five research projects that it hopes “will advance sustainable architectural design and practice.”
The jury for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative is providing research grants up to $30,000 to five research projects that will advance sustainable architectural design and practice.
The purpose of the grant is to provide base funds for applied research projects that will advance the design profession’s knowledge and practice. This year’s recipients will research reducing energy use and carbon in buildings through the following topics:
Envelope Retrofit Guide: Net Zero Energy Ready Strategies for Existing Buildings
Principal Investigators: Nina M. Sharifi, PhD (Syracuse University), Gabrielle Brainard, AIA (Pratt Institute)
This research will produce an Envelope Retrofit Guide to assist architects working on net zero retrofit projects. Focusing on the building envelope, the guide will provide technical guidance at a schematic level and will catalogue retrofit strategies for mass-masonry and wood-frame buildings. The Envelope Retrofit Guide will serve professionals engaged in the design and construction of multi-family housing: architects and consultants; manufacturers and builders; building owners and developers; city and state agencies; energy and utility companies; and NGOs.
Evaluation of Thermal and Energy Generation Performance of Artificial Leaf-based Façade Cladding (ALFC) Systems
Principal Investigators: Rahman Azari, PhD (Illinois Institute of Technology), Mohammad Asadi, PhD (Illinois Institute of Technology)
This project, a collaboration between architecture and chemical engineering, proposes to use simulation-based methodology as well as experiments to evaluate and optimize the thermal performance, energy generation, and carbon removal capabilities of artificial leaf-based façade cladding (ALFC) systems. This research aims to develop AL catalysts that yield optimized efficiency in reduction of carbon dioxide and to document ALFC’s thermal, energy, and carbon removal properties. The novelty of the optimized ALFC system will be in offering coupled energy generation and carbon removal capabilities in a building, improved efficiency in solar-chemical energy conversion, and integration with mechanical systems.
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