Environmental Quality in Architecture
Faculty: James Wasley, Michael Utzinger and Greg Thomson
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Current and Recent Research
Zero-discharge Zone for
UWM Campus: Project to create green roofs, natural water drainage
improvements to campus and monitor results for benefit of City, MMSD and
campus. Sustainable Design Assistance Program
Sustainable Design Assistance Program
Work with UW System Campuses and others as consultants on green building design and systems monitoring, projects include: Audobon Center of Milwaukee, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Aldo Leopold Center, UW-Baraboo
Focus on Energy Program
The Focus on Energy Program, funded by a contribution to the State of Wisconsin treasury by the State's Utilities in lieu of taxes for the purpose of stimulating energy conservation is divided into three administrative areas: Residential, Commercial/Multi-family, Renewables. SARUP faculty are involved in research in all of these areas.
Vital Signs is a collaboration among the Energy Foundation, the University of California - Berkeley and sub-contracting campuses nationwide which:
The Vital Signs project encourages not only the use of innovative teaching practices and tools but also student research. Jim Wasley and Michael Utzinger have participated in all phases of this project; creating two resource packages, training and receiving training from their colleagues, using and evaluating their own packages as well as other tools developed from the project. They offer an architecture studio each year, which is designed to apply the techniques and tools of Vital Signs to buildings in the Milwaukee area. Plans are also underway to expand the lighting lab capabilities so that curriculum and research opportunities in that area can be expanded.
Establishing Environmental Benchmarks
Wasley's research attempts to identify the characteristics of ‘green' — environmentally sustainable design — and discover ways to integrate this design into various building types. His recently published work Healthy by Design presents his findings to date. He is also working closed with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and State offices to establish environmental rating systems for the construction industry in Wisconsin and incentives for builders and developers to apply these standards in their construction practices.
last updated on June 25, 2007