See below for current research. Updates will be posted as available.
- Energy Standards, Codes, Incentives, and Efficiency Designations. Presented at The Energy-Efficient Building Envelope Design and Construction Seminar, Albany, NY, 2019-04-10. (PDF).
- Should Residential Range Hood Activation Interlocks be Recommended or Required?. In-progress. Given International Residential Code (IRC) updates addressing such health and safety issues as range hood fresh make-up air, improved mechanical system combustion efficiency and exhaust, and decreased material VOC content, is it reasonable that future IRC updates should require residential kitchen hoods be interconnected to ranges such that activation of the range activates the hood exhaust? Additionally, is it reasonable that design and construction professionals should currently recommend to Home Owners that residential kitchen hoods be interconnected to ranges such that activation of the range activates the hood exhaust? Some studies show unexpectedly low levels of range hood use, for a variety of reasons. Such a requirement as a range-hood interlock, activating hood fan upon activation of range top or temperature rise, could help ensure healthy indoor environments are provided to Home Owners.
- A Case for installing On-site Weather Stations on High Performance Buildings. In-progress.
- 30/100: Designing Building Systems and Shells for Projected Near-End-of-Service-Life Environmental Conditions. In-progress.
- Quasi-Geothermal. In-progress. Viability analysis of integration of heating/cooling/DHW system circulated refrigerant in typical concrete masonry construction assemblies such as slabs, foundations, and similar construction.
- Plant Every Inch. In-progress.
- Land Battery:. Currently submitted in consideration for presentation at the 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019, Sub-theme 5 on reshaping business supply and waste chains from farm to fork. Food and energy are critical to our survival. They need to be available globally and managed locally in an equitable, distributed, resilient network; and, they need to be extensively re-envisioned to meet climate challenges and population growth. Land Battery visualize these two critical systems – food and energy production – as co-located operations in shared physical spaces. Further, co-locating these production systems should produce unforeseen, beneficial synergies in community-building and operations-maintenance. In the most discrete view, Land Battery can be understood simply as a local food producing site including self-sufficient on-site sustainable electricity-producing sources feeding on-site processes. In an expanded view, Land Battery can be understood as a regional food producing site including self-contained sustainable electricity-producing sources feeding both on-site processes as well as regional legacy and/or new regulated electrical grids. This expanded sense of Land Battery can further be envisioned as an overlay network on existing built conditions such an in-fill development, or as deployed in undeveloped areas. Various public-private funding scenarios should be available to achieve a proposal such as this – a proposal which sees two basic human activities of food production and energy production carried out in an integrated, mutually-reinforcing manner.
- Three Ladies: The New American Farm. The direction of New York State’s current regulatory changes is clear without thinking too deeply about projected population and development trends in the context of material resource availability: Governor Cuomo’s focus on waste stream reduction, new Senate Bills requiring increased material efficiency, DEC overhauls of Solid Waste Regulation including BUDs revamp – similar to changes occurring in other States such as Massachusetts and California. Together with broader trends, these regulatory changes present new profitable business opportunities – see Seneca Meadows Waterloo or Wheelabrator Saugus. These changes describe aspects of a yet-emerging industrial ecological framework intended to better-fuel current and future growth via new operational paradigms. The Three Ladies proposal responds to these opportunities as a new business type – a carbon-neutral construction and demolition (C&D) debris facility incorporating synergistic multiple-use business spaces. This proposal has various benefits: first, lowering overhead utility and resource consumption by co-locating multiple scaled uses within and adjacent to a C&D facility, which commonly has low space utilization rates; second, decreasing material handling cost burden while improving source traceability by consolidating intake, processing, and resale within a single facility, simultaneously reducing carbon footprint; third, generating valuable long-term intellectual and social capital by creating a micro-campus setting which promotes a broad range of safe and constructive encounters between customers, workers, and operators.
- What is it from which we make?. Part of graduate thesis work, continued in private practice post-graduate. New methods of construction and fabrication process performance – CAD CAM acquisition, manipulation, and deployment of varying information sources in manufactured material systems experiential final forms as future human prostheses.
- Materials Testing-Digital Ecology (PDF). Access to credible building product performance information throughout the design and construction process is critical to enable project development, vet product selections, ensure as-built quality, and successfully complete construction. The sources of such information can range from vernacular to formal – from common practice to special reference. The focus of this paper is one of the more formal or specialized information sources, performance testing, as well as how such performance testing information can be better used. This paper’s goals are to familiarize the reader with performance testing and to depict a new kind of valuable informational tool (digital ecology). Reference to pertinent nomenclature, description of a real world example, and detailed description of such an informational tool’s values will be provided. The phrase ‘digital ecology’ as herein used is a new concept proposed by the author. The analysis contained in this paper could be applied to the field of operations and maintenance as it is herein applied to design and construction; however, operations and maintenance is beyond the scope of this paper and may be addressed in future papers.
Published by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
- Wind Buildings: Design Flow Morphologies. Our built environment is its performance. ‘Wind Buildings’ is on-going personal research into building performance relative to the wind. In the most basic terms, my goal is to qualitatively and quantitatively understand what are beneficial and/or desired (i.e. psychologically-speaking, significantly beyond what would be termed as ‘safe’) wind conditions – within the built environment. Further, how and whether such ‘beneficial’ and/or ‘desired’ conditions can be definitively linked to predictable performances of the built environment – meaning, whether certain morphologies can be tested and parameterized for intrinsic wind performances such that qualified future A.E.C. design and development can be accomplished to instantiate such said ‘beneficial’ or ‘desired’ ends. I have an personal interest in wind affects – how wind works within and through a building’s envelop, over and around a building’s mass and its immediate neighbors’ masses, and through and around buildings’ and/or a city’s context. There is much research which studies wind operations at discrete scales, but there is a shocking lack of comprehensive multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary (load and environmental) study which models, tests, and analyzes wind operations in the kind of multi-dimensional environment such as that found in reality (here, think of the kind of research done on fire). A bit further (of special interest)…how/what/where/when/if there are threshold limits between wind’s scalar operations which negate certain said operations’ effect on beyond-threshold operations. (This would be, in varying terms and at least in part, significantly related but diverging from M. Sandberg’s research ‘City Breathability’.) There seems to be the lack of a useable tool (possibly CWE?) which can function at both schematic as well as in‐depth levels for either probabilistic or deterministic results. (Though the work is at an early stage, this could be similar to Interpolation of pressure coefficients for low‐rise buildings of different plan dimensions and roof slopes using artificial neural networks by Gavalda et al.) Related to the information above, some specific examples of small research packets could be: a chronological, cultural, and geographic inventory of typical building forms (morphologies), typical manners of treating envelop surface (detailing), and typical surrounding contexts which test for associated wind conditions and affects, which in turn depicts and proposes changing attitudes on acceptable kinds and levels of windy conditions within the built environment; a survey and analysis of how wind performance is handled in typical project environments given normative cultural communicational protocols and cues; computational modeling of simple, wind-related equations such as Rick Quirouette’s pressure equalization formula for an analysis of said model’s robustness given radical geospatial changes; given recent advances in computational power, the development of a probabilistic digital design development tool for multi-story architectural building-envelop development applications which builds flow regimes from “the ground up” based on pre-performed wind tunnel tests of typical envelop assembly configurations – from detail-scale to building-scale. This research focuses on the internalities as well as externalities of discrete research such as policy, digital tools, and physical systems.
- Structure of a Profession, A Legal History and the Cultural Implications of the United States Construction Industry’s Contractual Relationships. This work seeks to clearly depict and propose a history and reasoning within imposed and voluntary professional conduct found in the current American A.E.C. Industry – examining how the interpersonal operations found herein express and generate cultural identity and conditions. This work seeks to 1) develop a detailed accounting of formal and informal communication activities including circumstances of said communications; 2) describe the perceived limits / thresholds of formal versus informal communications; 3) attach this descriptive communicational profile to a roster of technical legal communicational limits; 4) identify how/when/why these legal limits emerged; 5) analyze the implications and risks both known and unrealized of said formal versus informal communications; 6) compare said formal, informal, and legal communicational frameworks with the operational horizons found in various contract sets; 7) compare how said communicational frameworks relate to professional relationships, and how said relationships feather between said professions as well as into complimenting directly‐associated professions; 8) explore how the history and currents in communications, relationships, and contracts function formally and informally with the legal frameworks to help and hinder project development, delivery, change, and innovation.