20 Apr 2019
Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the Iowa State University Center for Building Energy Research, was invited to lead a natural ventilation workshop at CATE 2019, Comfort at the Extremes: Energy, Economy, Climate conference April 10-11 at Heriot Watt University in Dubai, UAE. She also presented current research by her Sustainable Cities Research Group in the paper “Impact of trees on passive survivability in extreme heat events in warm and humid regions,” co-authored with Janette Thompson, Morrill Professor of natural resource ecology and management; Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering; and two doctoral students: Breanna Marmur, NREM, and Boshun Gao, mechanical engineering.
Passe received a travel scholarship from the Charitable Jeffrey Cook Trust to attend the meeting, which was organized by the international NCEUB (Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings) and brought together experts from across the world from fields as diverse as architecture, engineering and health sciences for the first time “to discuss crucial questions and ways forward on how to best provide Comfort at the Extremes in the complex political and economic environments we occupy.”
01 Apr 2019
The Sustainable Cities Team was well represented at the 2019 ISU Research Day with informative presentations by team members Diba Malekpour-Koupaei (presenting 'A technique for developing High-resolution occupancy schedules'), Breanna Marmur (presenting, 'The Impact of Trees on Urban Climate, Neighborhoods and Building Energy in Warm and Humid Regions), and Ulrike Passe, who gave a a Lightning Talk about the team's progress in reaching it's research objectives, and future goal setting. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing our teams work!
11 Mar 2019
Ulrike Passe, Associate Professor of Architecture has been awarded $29,999 by the seed grant program of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at The University of Iowa for the research project "Extreme Heat Adaptation Strategies for Buildings and Neighborhoods in the Upper Midwest Using Novel Urban Energy Modeling Techniques," for the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
17 Feb 2019
Professors Ulrike Passe, Linda Shenk, and Caroline Krejci have been published in Taylor and Francis Online for their co-authored article on agent-based modeling (ABM), titled Agents of Change - Together: Using agent-based models to inspire social capital building for resilient communities. Topics in the paper include generating social capital, systems thinking, Agent Based Modeling, and bottom-up approaches to community resiliency.
10 Dec 2018
Jacklin Stonewall, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, presented the teams research agenda at the Smart and Connected Communities Workshop at the University of Washington, Seattle on December 10th and 11th; this was a sponsored event as part of the NSF-funded SCC-RCN project entitled, MOHERE: Mobility, Health, and Resilience: Building Capacities and Expanding Impact.
09 Nov 2018
The ISU Sustainable Cities team is having its research initiatives featured on the Midwest Big Data Hub! The blog post recognizes the teams overall agenda to combat climate change through its various targets and objectives, and highlights some of the recent achievements our team has accomplished. We are proud of all the work that our team is doing, and are grateful for the opportunity to share our goals with our supportive research partners.
12 Oct 2018
Time for Action! At an Iowa news conference, Ulrike Passe, associate professor and director of the Center for Building Energy Research at ISU and Jerry Schnoor, co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa, met on Thursday to discuss climate change issues and building design.
02 Oct 2018
October 2nd, 2018:
Professor Ulrike Passe and David Jahn (City of Des Moines Urban Forestry Team) presented their university-community partnership, titled "The Role of Urban Forests in Sustainable Communities", at the 12th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference in Debuque Iowa.
16 Aug 2018
We are pleased to announce the graduation of Farzad Hashemi upon the successful defense of his Masters thesis, “Adapting Vernacular Strategies for the Design of an Energy Efficient Residential Building in Hot and Arid Climate: City of Yazd, Iran”. His research, which critically explores elements of Iranian Vernacular architecture, draws new lessons on how to improve energy efficiency in future buildings using applied methods of reduced heating, cooling, and lighting demand found in his investigations. Hashemi defended his thesis on July 10th, 2018 to complete his Masters of Science in Architecture. His committee members were Ulrike Passe, Dr. Kristen Cetin and Dr. Andrea Wheeler. Congratulations on your achievement Farzad!
19 Jul 2018
Ulrike Passe was distinguished as a Health in Buildings Roundtable' (H.i.B.R.) Scholar at their 2018 annual conference, held July 19th - July 20th at the NIH Nacher Conference in Bethesda, Maryland. Passe presented the teams research investigation into the micro-climate impact of building interior thermal conditions as part of a designated scholars poster session held on Friday afternoon. The poster was titled: " Analyses of Near-building Microclimate Effects on Thermal Comfort in Low-resource Neighborhood Homes".