November 9, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speaker: Ghazal Ebrahimi (RES PhD Candidate)

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall


The challenge of delivering high performance buildings

Abstract: Mounting concerns about resource stewardship and environmental quality continue to reshape expectations about buildings and their performance. This has led to more complex building designs, incorporating materials, and technologies, needing to meet myriad standards and rating systems. However, the buildings have failed to deliver on their designers’ intentions, falling far short of their promise.  The gap between design expectations and building performance in practice has been persistent. A leading theory identifies the fractured processes of: designing, building, commissioning and operating a building as the root cause of this challenge.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a method for delivering building projects through contractual risk sharing among all actors in a building project enforcing collective responsibility for the performance of the projects. Ghazal will discuss the performance of IPD, the experience of industry professionals with this method across the US and Canada, and describe the potential of IPD for addressing the challenge of delivering high performance buildings.

This seminar video will be posted on our website after Ghazal’s research has been published. 

Please check back here at a later date.

Bio: Ghazal is a PhD Candidate, working with Prof. Hadi Dowlatabadi. She got her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Shiraz University, Iran and a Master of Science (MSc) in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham, UK. Ghazal’s PhD research focuses on examining the effectiveness of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in enhancing the practices and project outcomes in the building industry. Before joining the RMES program, Ghazal worked as an architect and a building sustainability consultant. She is currently working as a sustainability consultant for high performance buildings at Lower Mainland Facilities Management, a department that manages the facilities of the four health care organizations in the Lower Mainland, BC.



Photo Credit: George Rex from flickr/ Creative Commons