College community conducts performance-based housing and infrastructure research at UMore Park

Faculty, staff, student, and alumni research and education projects that contributed to UMore Park planning and development activities were recognized at a May 2010 event hosted by the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board.

Two undergraduate Design, Housing & Apparel (DHA) students are working as summer interns compiling data and case studies on opportunities for affordable housing. Their analyses include affordable housing financing programs, models for maintaining affordability over time, energy-saving
technologies utilized in affordable housing construction, and highlights of the related consumer education programs. The DHA activities are part of a program funded by the University's Office of Public Engagement and UMore Park.

During the fall 2009 semester, 18 undergraduate Architecture students worked on neighborhood concepts and residential building designs for UMore Park in design studio. Utilizing the concept master plan for UMore Park as the springboard for plans, the students' work encompasses a variety of housing and building models that demonstrate unique ideas.

College of Design researchers explored the impacts for housing and community design of integrated energy and water systems to achieve sustainability goals for the future community at UMore Park. John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Design) and Louise Goldberg (Energy Systems Design Program) were the principal investigators; Richard Strong (Center for Sustainable Building Research) and Peter MacDonagh (BLA, 1981) comprised the rest of the project team.

The research identified an approach to neighborhood development that maximizes energy conservation while maintaining comfort for individual residents and economic viability for the development and was conducted in two components.

The first component, sustainable utility infrastructure at the neighborhood scale, compared the integrated impacts of community infrastructure design, including land use, energy, water, stormwater and wastewater, using three infrastructure types -- conventional, autonomous, and district.

The second component, net-zero energy systems quantitative scoping analysis, included a quantitative energy systems engineering evaluation of residential building envelope energy conservation (demand) and renewable energy generation (supply) with the objective of producing a net-zero energy community in an economically viable manner.