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.
HiPE LAB STAFF
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.
Climate & Environmental Modeling Workstations
Thermal Transfer & Envelope Diagnostics
Luminance & 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 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.