Sustainable Buildings

photo of UBs GRoW House and its Garden Box room.

Mention the word “architecture” and most people think about how a building looks. These researchers are equally interested in how a building “acts.”

Martha Bohm, assistant professor of architecture, is trying to give a new image to what we think of as low energy design and sustainable design — with attention to how much energy and water a home consumes and how it uses materials and creates waste. Bohm’s research and teaching centers on developing buildings and communities that have minimal environmental impacts.

She and other faculty members, including some RENEW researchers, are advising a group of students who are building a solar-powered house to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s elite Solar Decathlon competition.

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