University Design Competition for Specific Building Types
Imagine a design competition like the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon, which works with multiple universities to develop designs for particular kinds of buildings in addition to houses. For example, a few types of buildings are large energy users, for example data centers, commercial greenhouses, and large indoor sports facilities (e.g. for hockey and ice skating sports; for tennis; for golf; for football/socker). Since there are hundreds of such buildings around the world, there could be great opportunities for high-efficiency designs and for making these into net-zero buildings.
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The Problem this Project Addresses
Many new buildings are excessively wasteful of resources and commit the owners and operators to decades of energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Identifying the new building techniques and making them part of the normal construction practices is a major challenge. By engaging multiple colleges and universities in team-competitions to work on particular building types, promising design principles and practices can be more rapidly incorporated into such buildings. That is especially relevant to universities themselves, which operate massive physical plants including multiple building types.
Region or Country Benefited by this Project
Anywhere. Virtual. Specific design practices and principles will be relevant to specific climates.
Where Will the Student or Volunteer Work?
The Person or Team at Your Organization Heading this Project
Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher National Regulatory Research Institute Affiliation is presented for information purposes only. This project is separate from my work for NRRI.
Academic Field, Expertise, Academic Level, and/or Experience Desired
Architecture, engineering, urban planning, construction management.
40 hour minimum
Commitment Hours per Week
commitment hours will be determined in consultation with volunteers
Language Skills Required
Excellent English Language Skills required.
Unpaid for the time being. An early task is to seek funding support for launching this initiative.
How to Apply
Contact Mr. Stanton at stantontom1 [at] gmail [d0t] com
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.