In the Fall of 2011, the US Green Building Council launched the Research to Practice Program, which aimed to bring together multi-disciplinary groups of university students to study topics in green building research. The unique spatial constraints of the expansive Iowa State campus lead the ISU team to study a range of potential low-cost building retrofits in 5 different scientific research buildings.
In Phase I of the research, the team proposed a number of small-scale interventions that would drastically reduce energy consumption, such as lowering air exchange rates on fume hoods, replacing light fixtures, and educating building occupants about green energy practices. When the USGBC invited ISU to participate in Phase II of the program, the group's aim shifted towards making the Phase 1 conclusions more feasible. This was done through documenting research processes to develop user manuals in order to create accurate energy savings projections.
The study concluded with the ISU Facilities, Planning, and Management department adopting the lighting retrofit project with plans to execute the new lighting installation throughout campus buildings this next year. This summer the ISU team was selected as one of two finalists invited to attend the USGBC Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco in November 2012.
ISU graduate student Kelly Jo Kalvelage has been participating in CBER-funded research, investigating how the enviornment impacts building construction and HVAC systems. Kalvelage recently attended the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, where she presented a paper based on her CBER research group's findings (Passe, Takle, Rabideau, Mann, Kalvelage). Kavelage talks about her experience in a short essay.Read the full article here.
Professor Ulrike Passe and a team of graduate students are purusing cutting-edge research, studying energy efficiency, renewable energy, and zero-energy buildings. Passe and her team are in the midst of a 5-year, $20 million NSF study, along with connected teams at the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The building science group at ISU is currently using the Interlock house and other resources to help quantify the full benefits of energy-efficient buildings.Read the full article here.
Gene Takle of Iowa State will be giving a seminar addressing the relevance of climate change to agriculture. Takle will discuss regional climate change's effects on harvesting and planting crops, types of machinery to invest in, pollination, and other key issues. Takle said there is good reason to understand climate change: "Based on climate models," he said, "climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that the future will be more extreme than today."
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CBER director Ulrike Passe will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the first annual AEI/ASHRAE Expo on Mar. 7, 2012. The event is sponsored by the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). It will be a one-day Technical Conference and Expo for professionals and students involved in the building industry. The event is at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha, Neb. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2012, 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Lightfoot Forum, College of Design
Opening reception for an exhibition of student work from the ARS Berlin Summer Academy 2011, which teamed architecture and landscape architecture students from Iowa State University with students and young professionals from Germany and Italy to work on design projects in Berlin. The projects were based on a pre-existing master plan for an urban brownfield rehabilitation site (EUREF) and aimed to develop strategies for adaptable, flexible mixed-use building typologies with a focus on the building envelope as an interface for light, solar radiation and air.
The teams worked with energy modeling and dynamic daylight simulation software as a design tool and integrated quantitative and qualitative daylighting, illumination and shading strategies as performance parameters into their designs. A smaller group of ISU students continued the project into the fall 2011 semester; their further elaborations on the designs created last summer also will be a part of the exhibition.
The 2011 program was developed by Ulrike Passe, ISU assistant professor of architecture and director of CBER, and Robert Dremel, visiting professor at the Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, home to the ARS Berlin Summer Academy. Dremel and Professor Willie Hasselman, the coordinator of the summer academy, will be guests at the exhibition reception.
Green & Main, a project in Des Moines, Iowa, to renovate an old building into a mixed-use facility with LEED Platinum certification, is featured in an article on energy.gov, the U.S. Dept. of Energy Web site. CBER is partner in the project.
The ASHRAE Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program provides grants to engineering, technical and architectural schools worldwide with the goal of increasing student knowledge, learning and awareness of the HVAC&R industry through the design and construction of senior projects. Projects involving the building of working models, testing equipment, experimental teaching aids, and laboratory experiments are encouraged.Deadline is Dec. 15, 2011. See ASHRAE Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program or contact Tarra Holman, ASHRAE – Assistant Manager, Student Activities,email@example.com
The Solar Decathlon Alumni Association is seeking former decathletes from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon as part of a fall membership drive. The mission of the alumni association is to provide a forum for former students and faculty to connect and build relationships, expand their knowledge base, and support future Solar Decathlon competitions. See Solar Decathlon Alumni Association
Ute Poerschke, a national expert in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and environmentally conscious design, discussed different understandings of BIM in education and professional practice as part of the fall-semester Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series at Iowa State University. It was held Nov. 14, 2011, on the Iowa State campus. SeeISU Calendar
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Washington Internship for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. The WISE program provides selected participants with a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from government officials, professional societies, and others who are involved with crafting national public policy that affects the engineering profession and building industry. Applicants must be ASHRAE student members. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by December 31, 2011. See application
Iowa State University’s Interlock House is featured in WHO TV’s “Renew Iowa” report. The house was designed and built by Iowa State University students and faculty for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2009. It was then purchased by the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources and installed at Honey Creek Resort State Park. Ulrike Passe, leader of the Interlock team and director of IPRT’s Center for Building Energy Research, is now tracking the building’s performance in Iowa’s climate. See WHO TV: Interlock House
The Interlock House has been reassembled at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Honey Creek Resort State Park for use as a nature interpretive center and staff offices. The solar-powered house was Iowa State University’s entry into the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2009. Researchers from CBER will track the building’s performance in Iowa’s climate. “This is a unique opportunity for real-time, long-term building performance evaluation of a net-zero energy building in Iowa,” says Ulrike Passe, CBER director. SeeIowa State News Release
President Obama has introduced the “Better Buildings Imitative,” part of his vision for investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. The President is proposing to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which consumed roughly 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy last year. The effort will make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and other commercial buildings. See White House News Release
The 2011 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium will be hosted by the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. Researchers are invited to submit brief abstracts of proposed session or poster presentation topics by February 28, 2011. The event is Aug. 18-19, 2011.All submittals are via an online form.
Iowa State University is organizing its 3rd Annual Symposium on Sustainability, Feb. 21- 22, 2011. It provides the platform for students, Faculty, and staff to take ownership in determining their specific interests, opportunities, and commitment to a sustainable future for Iowa State through interactive visioning sessions and a number of education and awareness building presentations and panel discussions. See 2011 Symposium on Sustainability at Iowa State University
Iowa State University is organizing its 3rd Annual Symposium on Sustainability, Feb. 21- 22. This annual event is part of President Geoffroy’s Live Green! Initiative. The symposium is calling for posters on sustainable development in research projects, teaching strategies and service initiatives.
The Association for Preservation Technology International is soliciting student abstracts for its APT Victoria 2011 Student Scholarship program. The deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2011. Students whose abstracts are selected will be invited to give a short presentation during one of the APT paper sessions and are awarded a full conference package including registration and travel expenses. The conference is Oct. 11-16, 2011 in Victoria, Canada.
Student Call for Abstracts and online Abstract Submission Form
Eugene S. Takle,, a professor of geological and atmospheric sciencesand agronomy and director of Iowa State University’ Climate Science Program, is presenting “Climate Change Impacts on Iowa: Summary and Expansion on the 1 January 2011 Report to the Iowa Legislature.” The event is Jan. 11, 2011, at 4:10 p.m. (refreshments at 3:50 p.m.), 3140 Agronomy Hall, on the Iowa State campus. See Iowa State News Release
The Green and Main retrofit project has been selected to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). It is the first project in Iowa to be selected for the initiative, which is the nation's first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance. The Green and Main project is the retrofit of a historic commercial building in the Sherman Hill District of Des Moines, IA. The Center for Building Energy Research is a partner in the project. See Green and Main News Release
The American Public Power Association (APPA) awards student research grants/internships each year to university students as part of its Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program. APPA is the service organization for the nation’s community-owned electric utilities. DEED is APPA’s research program that funds innovative, energy related research. See Flyer (PDF)
The Iowa State University Council on Sustainability, College of Design, and LiveGreen! Initiative are presenting “Toward Sustainable Cities,” a series of events focused on issues surrounding the development of sustainable cities. The opening reception is 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, in the 2010 Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum, College of Design. It will include remarks by Ulrike Passe, ISU assistant professor of architecture and CB director. The series also features "Energizing Architecture" a lecture by Claudia Lueling, professor of architectural design, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, in room 416, College of Design. The Ames and ISU communities are invited to join the debate. See ISU Event Calendar
The state of Iowa tied for the 12th highest score in a recent assessment of states’ energy efficiency efforts, up six spots from its 2009 ranking. The scores appeared in the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). According to the organization, the report is a comprehensive, energy efficiency policy scorecard to document best practices, recognize leadership among the states, and provide a roadmap for other states to follow. See Release on ACEEE Web Site
The ASHRAE Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program provides grants to increase student knowledge, learning and awareness of the HVAC&R industry through the design and construction of senior projects. Grants are to be used to fund equipment and supplies for projects that focus on ASHRAE-related topics. Deadline is Dec. 15, 2010. See ASHRAE Web Site
Ground breaking for the retrofit of a historic commercial building in the Sherman Hill District of Des Moines, IA, was held Tuesday, September 23. The developer, Chaden Halfhill (Indigo Dawn LLC and Silent Rivers, Inc.), is proud to begin construction on the project called “Green and Main,” a retrofit of a small-scale commercial building with intentions of receiving LEED platinum certification. The building, which once acted as a grocery store for the surrounding residential community, will be given new life as a women’s holistic health clinic with residential space on the second floor. The Center for Building Energy Research at Iowa State University is partner in the project.
DES MOINES – The Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) is seeking proposals under the State Energy Program (SEP) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) from municipal organizations in Iowa for projects that will reduce energy use, have a positive impact on budgets and enhance economic development through job creation. Up to $4,000,000 of grant funding is available to be awarded under the program.
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to seek projects from entities that are eligible to issue tax-exempt debt, under section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code. These would include school districts, cities, counties, and other local government agencies, or other non-profit entities. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the RFP application by visiting the OEI web site.Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit electronic applications through the web site. Those interested may also register with OEI’s Recovery Team at,
www.iowagrants.gov (Online application portal available beginning March 23, 2010)
SEPBest@iowa.gov Email from the Energy News Wire, Iowa Office of Energy Independence)
DES MOINES – The Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) has awarded 78 statewide grants totaling $5,840,862 under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program. The awards are for projects from cities and counties across the state that will reduce energy use, have a positive impact on budgets and enhance the economic development through job creation. See www.iowa.energy.gov . (Energy News Wire Iowa Office of Energy Independence)
Iowa State University has been accepted as one of only 20 teams into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition for 2009. Within the Center for Building Energy Research, a team of faculty and students from 11 departments in five colleges has formed as the first team from the state of Iowa to participate. SeeISU Solar Decathlon Web Site