Sustainable Built Environments

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SSES/College of Engineering faculty are constructing collaborative ties with the College of Architecture to develop innovative approaches to addressing the challenge of sustainable built environments. One of the first SSES initiatives was to develop an autonomous adaptive telemedicine unit. The interdisciplinary faculty on the team came from the fields of architecture, engineering, psychology and cognitive sciences, and medicine, and focused on the research, design and construction of a prototypical structure for delivery of health care services to the Tohono O’odham Nation Native American populations in Arizona. Other teams are now exploring more fundamental issues of construction materials including the possibility of thermally rectified building envelopes for reducing seasonal heating and cooling costs.


Exploration Team Participants:

P. Vandiver (MSE)

P. Deymier (MSE)

A. Malo (Architecture, Emeritus)

E. Enikov (AME)

N. Chalfoun (Architecture)

Y.J. Son (SIE)

S. Dickinson (Architecture)

M. Despang (Architecture)

M. Peterson (Psychology)

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