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Building Science Research

The Center for Building Science Research has become part of MDC at Miami University to foster student centered research and design opportunities working in collaboration with organizations outside the University. The Building Research Studio continues the tradition of working with clients in the area to provide design and consulting services in the following areas:
• Sustainable Design Innovation
• Thermal Performance Modeling
• Glazing System Modeling
• Daylighting Design and Analysis

These services are typically reimbursed through small grants to the University as appropriate to the scope and nature of the project.

Selected Project/Client List

Conservatek Industries - System detailing and thermal performance modeling for the Spectraform space frame structural system to expand the commercial market.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens - Shading and UV radiation analysis of the canopy design for the Sumatran Rhino Exhibit. Served as consultants for Glazerworks Architects.

Environmental Protection Agency - Development of a modular interior wall system (ECO-Wall) for commercial buildings made of recycled paper. P3 Awards Honorable Mention from the National Academies of Science and Engineering.

Kirkmont Center - Preliminary designs for a new sustainable nature center for the 270 acre camp operated by the Miami Presbytery. Also conducted wind power feasibility study for the site and a shading study for the renovation of Goodrich Lodge.

Gilkey Window Company - Worked with engineering and marketing staff to develop ideas for the next generation energy efficient replacement windows for Gilkey Window Co.

AIA RFP Program - Research to automate the department’s low velocity wind tunnel and conduct a series of experiments to characterize the influence of wind on building forms.

Creative Technology Accelerator - Consultants for energy modeling and sustainable innovation on the first building constructed as part of Dayton’s Tech Town Campus. Working with the Architectural Group, with a target of LEED Gold.

Interstate Gas Supply - Thermal and daylight modeling for glazing options under consideration for the new IGS’s corporate headquarters to be built in Columbus, Ohio. The project is on track to get all 10 LEED energy points.