The Sustainability, Resources and Technology (SRT) focus encompasses a range of research issues regarding the sustainability of the built environment in terms of economics, equity, and environmental issues. Students in this area are expected to engage in research based on the methods and techniques found in the physical and natural sciences. Opportunities for research include examination of advanced architectural practice and the evaluation of both the allocation of resources and technologies. The SRT area also assumes that research may be integrated with the other major fields, both EDR and BLC. Consequently, cross-disciplinary research is encouraged.
Associate Professor Mike Utzinger leads the SRT focus. Current research topics include building energy simulation, building daylighting studies through the use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, embodied energy in building materials and construction technologies studies, and vegetated green roof performance studies.