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Researchers study behavior to improve energy efficiency in buildings
November 13, 2017

In collaboration with William O’Brien from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, assistant professor Julia Day recently published a paper in Energy Research and Social Science, that explores occupant behavior in high efficiency buildings. Their research could lead to better designed and more efficient buildings—that work for their occupants.

High-efficiency building bloopers revealed through occupant studies
November 13, 2017

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

air vent with cover over itPULLMAN, Wash. – Many researchers know that new high-efficiency buildings don’t typically get used as intended. The numbers don’t add up, and occupants can easily waste energy if they do not understand how to use the building.

Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry
October 5, 2017

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

slash map of northwestPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue — the leftovers from trees after logging — that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use.