5th RBD Conference Abstract Acceptance

Professor Weber’s Abstract, “Desert Bloom: Designing a Net-Zero Veteran’s Transitional Home” was accepted for presentation at the 5th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference, to be held at the Penn State Housing Research Center, University Park, Pennsylvania March 4-6, 2020.  

This conference provides a forum for researchers, architects, engineers, other design professionals, product manufacturers, builders, developers, and code officials to discuss challenges to sustainable, energy efficient, healthy, environmentally friendly, natural hazard resistant, and affordable residential construction, and share recent research findings, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative projects and approaches related to residential buildings.  This conference focuses on various types of residential buildings including single-family dwellings, multi-family multi-story apartment buildings, mid-rise and high-rise residential building towers, factory-built and modular housing, dormitories, and hotels/motels. The topics for discussion at this conference cover most aspects of residential buildings.


“Our team is incorporating emerging technology that support health outcomes and personal wellbeing into a design that supports energy efficient building design. This unique proposal has implications for empirical research and home design, and the important potential to address issues of health and affordable housing facing the southwest region’s fast-growing population, our efforts center on supporting the reintegration of veterans into our community.  Dubbed Desert Bloom, this prefabricated net-zero energy transitional home for returning veterans affected by varying degrees of amputation and/or struggling with PTSD will assist its residents in developing skills required for successful reintegration into civilian life. “


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