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Education & Outreach

Knowledge through Dissemination

The Center for Integrated Design works with both professional and public communities to advance knowledge of high performance buildings, energy efficiency, decarbonization and regenerative built environments.

Lifting our research beyond conferences and journals and applying it to real life challenges faced by design teams is at the heart of our work. We share technical knowledge and lessons learned with our commercial clients and industry partners through education programs, in order to advance uptake and replication of high performance building design practices.

Areas of Education & Outreach

Professional Education

We apply our experience to the development of curriculum and delivery of professional education programs for professional audiences. Examples of professional education programs that we have developed include AIA’s Materials Matter, AIA’s Getting to Zero, and Integrated Design Tools and Methods.

Graduate Education & Mentorship

The UW IDL’s faculty teach graduate level courses in the Dept. of Architecture at the UW, and students from these UW programs intern at the UW IDL providing them experience in architectural research and high performance design.

Public Education

The UW IDL operates the tour program at the world-renowned Bullitt Center, a Living Building that opened in 2013 providing the general public an inside view to high performance design and sustainability.

Technical Trainings

We translate our experience using analysis tools providing technical tool training geared toward architects implementing analysis and developing insights on their projects.

Example Professional Education Projects

  • AIA Energy in Design Awards

    The UW IDL, under Prof. Meek’s direction and with funding from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), developed and delivered the inaugural Energy in Design Award as part of AIA Seattle’s annual Honor Awards.  Beginning in 2016, all submissions in the BUILT category are required to submit energy use data in consideration of the Energy…

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  • Integrated Design: Tools and Methods Education Program

    The IDL partnered with Seattle City Light and SOLARC Energy Group to deliver a three-series, twelve‐part professional education program focusing on the technical analysis of high‐performance buildings. To support the series, IDL has forged a partnership with Seattle City Light’s (SCL) Customer Energy Solutions (CES) Division to provide a deep‐dive into the tools and methods…

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  • Materials Matter

    In 2016-2017, the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab partnered with the Carbon Leadership Forum and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative to develop and deliver Materials Matter, a professional education series on sustainable building materials selection.

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  • Getting to Zero

    On behalf of AIA Seattle, the Integrated Design Lab developed the "Getting to Zero" curriculum, a series aimed at providing knowledge about net-zero energy buildings. Getting to Zero was a four-part series focused on leading participants through the next target of the 2030 Challenge – 70% reduction – and beyond.  Through case studies, presentations, and panel discussions, participants…

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