NSERC Alliance Project
Theme 3 – Building Envelope and Energy Performance
Project T3-2 – Resilient Wood Buildings – Envelope Performance
PI: Yuxiang Chen
In order for mid-rise and taller wood buildings to achieve net-zero energy under projected future climate conditions, their building envelopes must (1) provide optimal thermal resistance in order to reduce heat loss in the Winter and heat gain in the Summer; (2) enhance passive solar heating while providing proper solar control in the Summer; (3) support renewable energy. In this sub-project different archetype buildings located in different Canadian climate zones will be evaluated. The expected outcomes are optimal design solutions that meet both net-zero energy and durability requirements for future climates, while not compromising structural performance. Given the need for design optimization, this sub-project will involve collaborators from Theme 1 (Chui) and Theme 4 (Al-Hussein), both from UAlberta.