photo by Bruce Haglund






PLEA 2017





  July 2, 2017 

Edinburgh Tool Day will explore the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This award-winning building was designed and constructed with numerous green features, including an east-west orientation for solar control, exterior overhangs and sunscreens for shading windows, carbon sequestering materials to help optimize building energy performance, low or no-water landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, stormwater collection, a green roof, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and a wind turbine. The building is a featured case study in The Green Studio Handbook, 2nd edition.

This intensive Tool Day workshop offered architects, engineers, builders, facility operators, educators, and students a hands-on experience in the use of relatively low-cost instrumentation (coupled with a structured methodology) to better understand building system and component performance. Participants learn  appropriate use of the instrumentation and methods to facilitate building performance investigations. Tool Day efforts focus around development of a case study that can be used as a model for future investigations.

AIA CES credit (7cr) is available.

Tool Day participants will:

  1. Gain experience in the use of several types of portable instrumentation
  2. Engage in Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) investigations in an innovative building
  3. Get to see a really cool building from a range of different perspectives
  4. Spend a day in a beautiful botanic garden

Cost: no cost 

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) members, university students and educators, and professional architects and engineers are encouraged to participate. 

    Sponsored by: Society of Building Science Educators.

31 December 2016

  Organized by: Alison Kwok, University of Oregon; Bruce Haglund, University of Idaho; Walter Grondzik, Ball State University.