Center for Environmental Building & Design

Award for best paper

Building and Environment best paper award 2021. Selected 3 articles our of 4,500.

Cover image for Positive Energy podcase

Positive Energy built its reputation and business on offering high performance MEP engineering services to the residential architecture market with a focus on health, comfort, and decarbonizing. And now we also offer even more accessible consulting for projects in the concept phase of design. We help architects map out passive, resilient, and active systems when the design process is fluid. Based in Austin, Texas we work locally & nationally in partnership with architects, contractors, & owners to help the AEC industry look where its going, rather than where it’s been. We are guided by building science principles and a deeply held ethos that buildings should help human beings thrive.

Table of diagrams of housing types

Basic information of housing types on Chongming Island

Miaomiao Hou and William W. Braham

Architecture and Energy. Performance and Style

Edited by William W. Braham and Daniel Willis
Architecture and Energy provides architects and architectural theorists with more durable arguments for environmental design decisions, arguments addressing three different scales or aspects of contemporary construction.

Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future.

Edited by Dan Willis, William W. Braham, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Daniel A. Barber
Organized into a collection containing both examples of best practices and critiques, this impressive array of projects and contributors combines text and graphic material to explore different representations of energy data.

A house in the sun. Modern architecture and solar energy in the cold war.

Daniel A. Barber
A House in the Sun describes a number of experiments in solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the beginning of World War II until the late 1950s.

Ger in Ulaanbaatar

Weitzman's Stephanie Carlisle with GerHub"s Uurtsaikh Sangi seen conducting interviews with residents in the Ger District in Ulaanbaatar. 

Diagram of Philadelphia region

Diagram of Philadelphia region illustrating the benefit received by two different locations, an exurban center, Norristown CBD, and a rural township, Bass River, NJ. Each receives some benefit from each of the other 1,378 census tracts, but the UME of Norristown is double its EAB, while that of Bass River is reduced to 70%.

William W. Braham and Jae Min Lee

indoor particle dynamic processes

Indoor particle dynamic processes

Nan Ma, Dorit Aviv, Hongshan Guo, William W. Braham

Flow chart of regional energy

Energy systems diagram of Delaware Valley Region.


William W. Braham, Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, Jae Min Lee, Barry Silverman, Nasrin Khansari

Flow charts for energy usage.

This dissertation suggests a new framework and indices of building performance evaluation based on an eco-systemic approach.

Map of Chautauqua Game

This paper presents the results of a simplified method for reconfiguring a small city and rural county to support its current population on the environmental energies available within the boundaries of the county.

Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design in Three Parts.

Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts.

Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes.

Both professionals and students are increasingly committed to achieving high-performance metrics in the design, construction and operation of residential buildings. This book responds to this demand by offering a comprehensive guide.

Black and white photos depicting water scarcity and water abundance.

The correlation between work and water exemplifies the classic parable of technological innovation, in which human labor is replaced by mechanical (or hydraulic) ingenuity and the amounts of work (or water) that can be delivered are dramatically increased.