Center for Environmental Building & Design

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Emergy intensity of a census tract accounting for assets (stocks) and annual inputs (flows), sej/yr

Metabolism of Urban Location: Travel time and the morphology of cities



For UNICEF’s “Ger for the 21st Century” project in the winter of 2018-19, the thermal behavior of twelve Mongolian ger were studied in detail: five Occupied Ger in Ulaanbaatar, six Test Ger at a “ger ranch” outside the city, and one highly instrumented Penn Ger at the University of Pen

Diagram showing blockchain network connected to black cubes with sensor symbols and people silouhettes inside them

BlockPenn: Distributed Energy Monitoring and Environmental Sensing Network Using Blockchain/IoT Infrastructure

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Dorit Aviv, Co-PI

Kirigami cooling panel

NSF Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER):

Environmentally responsive, water harvesting and self-cooling building envelopes

Setting up instruments.

Weather station at the Ger Test Ranch

Working with UNICEF and the Mongolian non-profit GerHub, a team from PennDesign’s Center for Environmental Building and Design and KieranTimberlake Architects is auditing the thermal performance of six improved ger at a test site and five occupied ger in the ger district of Ulaanbaatar.

Frame of Mongolian Ger

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

Bar graph showing levels of emissions.

Energy, carbon, and financial analysis of climate action plan scenarios for buildings.

Charts showing statistics.

Investigating the development of a game about energy sustainability.

Map of Philadelphia area with certain areas highlighted

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.

Photos of buildings compared to infrared photos of the same buildings.

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.

Map of University of Pennsylvania health system.

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.