Led Professor Scott Bucking, the Community Design Lab focuses on developing tools and technologies which enable the development of net-zero energy communities. Net-zero energy communities satisfy a strategic need to reduce energy use intensity, integrate clean energy supplies and mitigate environmental impacts of the new and existing building stock, all while meeting expectations for human well-being and economic growth.
Research interests of the Lab include:
- optimization of net-zero community design
- development of building integrated photovoltaic technologies
- community rendering using video game engines
- building information model development to improve the interoperability of tools and better manage community assets throughout the entire building life-cycle.