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UW IDL in China: Building International Partnerships to Design and Construct Low Carbon Cities

Associate Professor Christopher Meek and Assistant Professor Heather Burpee from the UW Integrated Design Lab (IDL) recently traveled to China as part of a University-wide effort to work closer with Chinese counterparts in building a low-carbon urban future. Meek traveled to Shanghai to present at China’s first Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) professional training workshop, co-hosted…

UW IDL Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report

The UW Integrated Design Lab released its 2016-2017 Annual Report, which highlights the lab’s recent research, technical assistance, and education work with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), design firms, utilities, research groups, and nonprofit and professional organizations across the Pacific Northwest building industry and beyond. The Annual Report is part of the lab’s commitment…

Heather Burpee Presents NZE Healthcare Building Research at Annual ASHRAE Conference

Heather Burpee, UW IDL Education and Outreach Director, recently traveled to Long Beach, CA to share healthcare building research at ASHRAE’s 2017 annual conference. Burpee participated as a panelist in Seminar 47: Zero Energy Healthcare Buildings: Current Status and Future Efforts, presenting “Toward Net-Zero Energy (NZE) Hospitals in North America.” Recognizing hospitals in North America as significant…

Chris Meek Shares Research at Lightfair and Better Buildings Summit

UW IDL Director Christopher Meek recently shared research at LIGHTFAIR International 2017 (LFI), the world’s largest architectural and commercial lighting conference and trade show, and Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit, a national conference for sharing best practices to improve building energy efficiency. In Philadelphia, PA, the annual LFI event brought together nearly 500 exhibitors…

UW IDL and Solarc Energy Group Launch New Technical Training Series for High Performance Design Assessment

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UW IDL Study Sheds Light on Lake Union Building’s Energy Performance

The University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Registry and the Daily Journal of Commerce for conducting a year-long study on the Lake Union Building’s upgrade to View® Dynamic Glass technology. With financial support from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the IDL assessed the performance of…

UW IDL Launches Partnership Initiative

The University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL) has launched its Partnership Initiative, a mechanism to unite leading design and construction firms around a shared research vision to advance the highest performing built environment in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Partnership Initiative will work toward three goals: establishing an Advisory Board to help guide…

UW IDL’s Daylighting Work Featured in HPB Magazine

High Performing Buildings Magazine published a case study on the re-location of Westside School, which recently found a new home in the aging facilities of a former church. Aiming to re-adapt the existing space and design a modern, energy efficient environment for the school, Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects contracted the UW Integrated Design Lab…

UW IDL Partners with City of Seattle on Federal Grant to Increase Building Energy Efficiency

The University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) is partnering with the City of Seattle to develop and implement a three-year program that supports Seattle’s Building Tune-Ups ordinance, an initiative to roll-out mandatory energy tune-ups for commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, beginning in 2018. UW IDL’s work with the City of Seattle…

UW IDL shares research at ACEEE summer conference

The University of Washington’s (UW) Integrated Design Lab (IDL) was recently selected to present its research at the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. On behalf of the UW IDL and collaborators, Christopher Meek, IDL Director, and Julie Kriegh, Principal of Kriegh Architects, attended the biennial conference in Pacific Grove, CA, which…

Bullitt Center Breathes Life into Future of Urban Sustainability

The Bullitt Center continues to shed light on what’s possible in urban sustainability, as found by the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab’s (UW IDL) ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the building’s energy performance. Known as the ‘greenest office building in the world’, the Bullitt Center’s energy use and production has performed better than predicted…

IDL Selected to Produce Materials Matter Educational Series

The University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, in partnership with the Carbon Leadership Forum, and Health Product Declaration Collaborative have been selected to develop “Materials Matter,” a professional education series for sustainable building materials sponsored by AIA Seattle and AIA National. This interdisciplinary team brings deep technical and education expertise in delivering professional education to…

Design meets health: UW College of Built Environments, School of Public Health chosen for AIA Design and Health Research Consortium

Congratulations to Heather Burpee, who will represent the College of Built Environments as part of a new national initiative seeking to translate research on how design impacts public health into architectural practice.  Together with Andrew Dannenberg, Affiliate Professor in the School of Public Health and Urban Design & Planning, she has been selected to join…

Daylight Consulting Project Featured in Architectural Record

“An oasis in a crowded city center, the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan, was built under the auspices of two American aid organizations, which brought together a U.S.-based design team, Afghan construction crews, and local government in a unique collaboration to restore and elevate a battered…

A new exhibit opens at the Discovery Commons at the UW Center for Integrated Design

The “Nexus” exhibit, developed by ZGF Architects, showcases eight of the firm’s revolutionary examples of high-performance design ranging in size and scope from mixed-used buildings and healthcare facilities to a large-scale Ecodistrict plan. The projects demonstrate ZGF’s commitment to stewardship of the natural environment and resources as well as the creation of built environments that…

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