ETA Lab’s first research meet-up

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Monday November 19th 2019 marked the first ever meeting of researchers of the ETA Lab. Filling out a meeting room at a workshare office in East Vancouver, just over 10 researchers gave each other an update on current projects underway, ranging from a PhD research project on bayesian science as it applies to building thermal comfort evaluation, to a graduate research project on parametric optimisation of building form using Rhino/Grasshopper.

ETA Lab researchers at roundtable discussion with BC Minister of Energy and Mines

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On November 2nd, ETA Lab researchers Haobo Liu (SALA M.Arch candidate) and Dr. Adam Rysanek, along with Alex Scott (SALA MLA candidate) and Prof. Ron Kellett (SALA Head of Department) sat down with the BC Minister of Energy and Mines, Michelle Mungall, for a roundtable discussion on future net-zero buildings and cities in the province. The discussion, set around the launch of the Better Buildings BC incentive programme, involved other key participants from UBC including John Metras, Associate VP of Campus Facilities at UBC, and John Madden, Director of Sustainability and Engineering at UBC Campus + Community Planning.

It actually works!

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On a visit to Singapore this week, the Cold Tube was turned ‘on’ for the first time. In the sweltering heat and humidity, we were able to produce a semi-enclosed environment with a mean radiant temperature below 15 deg. C (making it feel pretty damn cool when standing inside it), but  without any condensation evident on exposed surfaces. More about the project can be found here.

A new project with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

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ETA Lab has received funding from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) to undertake research on data-driven approaches to evaluating the viability of low-carbon building retrofit projects in British Columbia. More information about the project, which will be carried out over 2019-2021, can be found here. Graduate and post-graduate research opportunities for this project have been posted here.