ABOUT




The High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE) is an Oregon BEST signature research laboratory with extensive testing facilities for both fundamental and applied research as well as design assistance services. HiPE lab develops tools and technologies for the design and assessments of High Performance Environments and the Green Building industry.  The HiPE lab also creates and disseminates reports and software for use in green building research and practices. The HiPE lab represents collaboration among faculty and students within multiple departments at the University of Oregon and other Oregon University System campuses.


WHO WE ARE

Ihab Elzeyadi | Director, Associate Professor | PhD; FEIA; LEED AP

Ihab is an associate professor of architecture and the director of the High Performance Environments (HiPE) and Facade Integrated Technologies (FIT) testing facility at the School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon. Ihab has been engaged in the design, construction, and research of high-performance buildings for more than 25 years. He has conducted grant-supported research on the relationship between people and buildings including daylighting systems effects on health, productivity, and other outcomes as they relate to sustainable design strategies. His studies produce evidence-based guidelines and inform
design-assistance services on various commercial projects with an emphasis on improved indoor environmental quality and health for the occupants while delivering buildings that conserve energy and resources effectively. He is
past-president of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), an appointed member to the USBGC Research Advisory Committee, and a featured member of Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (Oregon BEST). His award-winning work has been featured in numerous journals and presented internationally.

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WHAT WE WORK ON


TOOLS WE USE

In order to conduct our research, the lab utilizes a range of state of the art tools to measure environmental conditions both inside and outside of the spaces we study.

Lab Equipment

Climate & Environmental Modeling Workstations

Thermal Transfer & Envelope Diagnostics

Luminance & Illuminance

Illuminance

Radiant Surface Temperature

Environmental & Occupant Comfort

Data Collection & Monitoring

Ambient Humidity & Temperature


HOW WE WORK

HiPE Lab research methods utilize instruments to characterize the impact of the physical environment on indoor environmental quality (IEQ), occupant behavior, comfort, and building energy performance. Tools include data loggers, physiological instrumentation (circadian, hypersensitivity, and movement), and behavioral (comfort, productivity) surveys, diary logs, and tracking software.
Intensive climate, environmental, and energy modeling analysis is performed at high-speed computing workstations with dedicated energy and environmental simulation software within the HiPE Lab and is used to generate evidence-based design guidelines, rules of thumbs, and calculators as well as design assistance.


FIT FACILITY

FIT FACILITY INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

Located on the UO campus, the Façade Integrated Technologies (FIT) facility is an Oregon BEST signature shared-user facility.
The FIT facility provides experimental full-scale testing for envelope components by measuring their energy performance, synergy with other systems, occupant impact, and occupant acceptance of façade technologies.
The FIT lab is capable of testing various products covering most areas of high-performance façades including, but not limited to:

  • Solar Control and Daylighting: Light-Guiding Glazing, Holographic Optical Elements, Laser-Cut Panels, Aerogel Diffuse Glazing, and Optoelectronic Glazing;
  • Natural Ventilation: Breathable Walls, Active Insulation, Automated and Manually Operable Double Envelope Vents
  • Energy Micro generation: Façade-Integrated Photovoltaics, Solar Capillary Tubes, Vacuum Pipes, Photovoltaic Shades, and Solar Awnings.


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