The Sustainable Built Environment Lab is dedicated to advancing research in the field of sustainable construction and management. Current research questions that drive our work including buildings energy efficiency improvements, retrofit planning, life cycle assessment of net-zero energy buildings and construction material circulation. These studies delve into the assessment of various design strategies, materials, and technologies to optimize the whole life cycle of residential buildings, with a keen focus on environmental impact and energy efficiency.

Our research also extends to the urban scale, incorporating regional energy simulation, life cycle assessment and disaster resilience enhancement. We aim to investigate how entire cities can be designed and built to be more resilient to energy shortages, environmental degradation, and natural disasters. We examine the sustainability of urban systems with conceptual frameworks using various simulation models and evaluation approaches, supporting circular economy and urban resilience.

Ongoing Projects

  • Geospatial techniques applied in urban net zero energy buildings
  • Embodied carbon reductions using recycled wood through building deconstruction
  • LCA of net-zero energy buildings with different HVAC systems across Canadian climates: A BIM-based fuzzy approach, Reduction of environmental footprint of wood buildings through performance-based design (PBD).
  • Integration of embodied carbon and structural impacts of timber buildings through the development of parametric BIM
  • Identifying gaps and challenges of using BIM for Embodied Carbon accounting

Sponsored Projects

Achieving net-zero carbon through building circularity and digital technologies

Principal Investigator: Haibo Feng

Grant Program: NSERC Discovery Grant

Period: April 2024 – March 2029