Carleton receiving $350,000 investment for energy-efficient building project
August 29, 2018 — The government of Canada recently announced an investment of $350,000 for a project at Carleton University that will help the construction industry design more energy-efficient and high-performing buildings.
By Ellen Cools
The project will study and model occupant behavioural patterns to better predict building energy consumption and find new methods to reduce it.
“We are pleased to be working with RWDI, Autodesk and the government of Canada on this project, and we already have important outcomes. Our team has demonstrated that assumptions made about occupants can have a profound impact on optimal building decisions. As well, we have shown that current building codes underestimate the benefits of technologies that allow building to adapt well to partial occupancy,” said Liam O’Brien, Carleton associate professor in civil and environmental engineering.
This initiative builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and Canada’s Buildings Strategy.