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Searching for Lost Waters

Canoeing on the Mississippi River

Below the Twin Cities’ metro area lie forgotten streams, lakes, and wetlands that once flowed freely. Buried beneath the expanding cities, these waterways still serve as crucial water conduits and are of immense importance to the metro area’s watershed, which is why the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) is determined to find them.

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2017 Imagine Fund Award Recipients Announced

Columns in front of Northrop

Across the College of Design, our faculty’s research is tackling global problems and advancing their fields. This spring, 19 faculty members received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Take a look at the research that our faculty members are conducting with their grants: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Creativity, Culture, and Identity in […]

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Richard Graves Named New Director of Center for Sustainable Building Research

Richard Graves, AIA, LEED BD+C, was announced today as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), in the College of Design, at the University of Minnesota.  Graves takes over the role previously held by John Carmody, founding director, who retired at the end of last year.  Graves will also hold the title of Associate Professor in the School of Architecture.  He officially assumed both new roles this week.   “I am very excited and honored to direct the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota,” said Graves.  “Minnesota has earned a reputation as a North American leader in progressive environmental practice and policies. The potential for the Center for Sustainable Building Research to identify…

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John Carmody, CSBR Director, Named Institute on Environment Resident Fellow

jc.jpgCenter for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) director John Carmody has been named one of 14 resident fellows of the U’s Institute on the Environment (IonE). Carmody has been working in building related research for over 30 years – with an emphasis on energy and environmental issues.

During his term as an IonE fellow, Carmody looks to build on current research to examine the principles and practices needed to create self-sufficient neighborhoods in new and existing developments in the US and new communities in a developing country.

More information on Carmody, CSBR and IonE can be found at the links below:

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CSBR Director John Carmody discusses latest in efficient window design

jc.jpgJohn Carmody, director of the College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), recently sat down to discuss the latest in energy-efficient window design. CSBR is a leader in changing conventional building design practices in the country and around the world. Recently, they partnered with various groups to design and build a sustainable home in Haiti that Former President Bill Clinton helped unveil last month. To read more about their work, please visit the links below.

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CSBR releases windows life cycle assessment report

DWM, the Door & Window Manufacturer Magazine, publishes a media release announcing the college’s Center for Sustainable Building Research and the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute have released a report assessing the life cycle of windows in North America. Entitled Life Cycle Assessment of North American Residential and Commercial Windows: Life Cycle Goal and Scope Specification, the report provides a standardized and accurate environmental life cycle assessment of windows. The USGlass News Network also carries the media release.

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CSBR to develop green training curriculum

The city of Saint Paul has received a $50,000 “green training” grant from the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership. The College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) will develop a curriculum to train developers, architects, contractors, city staff, and others on how to comply with the sustainable-building policy. Bill Clements covers the grant for Finance & Commerce, but his report is behind the publication’s paywall.

Update: September 28, 2010: InsightNews.com also has a story about the grant.

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CSBR offers Design for Community Resilience program

The College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) offers its Design for Community Resilience program, a service seeking to transform civic challenges into sustainable opportunities through design assistance. Working with communities, local governments, non-profits, and other organizations CSBR research staff engage College of Design students to address pressing problems while turning them into opportunities to make sustainable decisions for the community/organization’s and the planet’s future.

Example projects of the program include a railroad depot preservation, a design for a rural community center, and the Hennepin County Energy Recovery Center sustainable design.

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Singh leads research team for Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley school greenhouse

Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research), Jess Roberts (BS Architecture, 2004; MArch, 2006), and Molly Eagen (MArch, 2010) are the research team for a proposed Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley school greenhouse. For two years, the school’s students have grown vegetables in the community-school garden for the local senior-citizen meal program. A greenhouse attached to the school would significantly extend the community-school garden growing season. Singh and her team presented their plans for the greenhouse project at a July 19, 2010 meeting of the school board. The Clinton newspaper, the Northern Star, covered the presentation (no link available) in a July 29, 2010 article, “University Staff Present Greenhouse Plans, Options to CGB School Board.”

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CSBR gathering framing information for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The college’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) is in the process of gathering information for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory‘s next version of COMFEN. COMFEN is a software tool supporting the systematic evaluation of alternative fenestration systems in commercial building designs.

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