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Professor Zach Colbert awarded $250,000 New Frontiers in Research Fund for energy efficient housing

Congratulations to the interdisciplinary team of Professor Zach Colbert (Principal Investigator) joined by Dr. Jean Duquette (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Dr. Alexandra Mallett (School of Public Policy and Administration) and Antonio Gioventu of the Condominium Homeowners Association of British Columbia who have received a $250,000 grant from the New Frontiers in Research Fund. The research will address challenges presented by increasing urban populations and energy consumption over two years with a team of graduate researchers.

The project will develop a gravity turbine prototype concept for energy recapture in tall residential buildings and will utilize public consultation with community partners, optimization tools, and architectural design to create a cross-disciplinary research platform and establish new narratives for energy efficiency in the built environment. The work will develop the application of intermittent power generation technology to building wastewater systems through the design of a gravity turbine prototype concept for field application at a secured test site in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This research is in partnership with BC Housing and the Condominium Homeowners Association of British Columbia who will provide access to local communities, resources, and sites. NFRF supports international, interdisciplinary and high-risk research and provides funding to help Canadian researchers make the next great discoveries in their fields. Created by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, NFRF is administered on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


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