Center for Environmental Building & Design

Ger are the traditional, tent-like dwellings of the Mongolian herder nomads (called Yurts in Russian).

The assembled ger at Pennovation Works

Working with the Mongolian non-profit GerHub, PennDesign’s Center for Environmental Building and Design is auditing the comfort and energy use of a selection of buildings in the ger district of Ulaanbaatar to understand their thermal behavior and to identify opportunities to improve both their comfort and energy performance. 

Energy, carbon, and financial analysis of climate action plan scenarios for buildings.
Investigating the development of a game about energy sustainability.
A report on Phase I of this project, as well as a proposal for delivering an evaluation of the energy pathways for the Philadelphia Region in Phase II.

This report seeks to improve and increase the utility of building information collected over the years, using development of pertinent energy metrics for tailored reports, as well as mathematical techniques to verify correlations.

An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the UPHS. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.
An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the Morris Arboretum. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.
An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.


The University of Pennsylvania’s large urban campus produces environmental impacts in many different ways.