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Vision Statement

In collaboration with both public and private organizations, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech has created the Center for High Performance Environments (CHPE). The CHPE serves as a first-of-its-kind resource for designers, engineers, system consultants, teachers, school administrators, facility managers, building owners and others interested in improving the design and operation of built environments. The CHPE takes a holistic approach to the design of buildings and focuses on a range of multidisciplinary activities, including energy efficiency, sustainability, systems integration, evaluating the building envelope, and integrating appropriate technology into indoor environments of the 21st century. The CHPE is also working to establish strong relationships between Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies and industry partners, as well as architecture and engineering firms specializing in the design of environmentally responsive buildings. The research activities of the CHPE include a range of methods and tactics including: scaled and full-sized space and system mock-up; in-situ performance evaluation; physical and digital simulation; whole building assessment; case studies;  and qualitative approaches involving Delphi, surveys, questionnaires and interviews.

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Research
    Research
Design
    Design Projects
Case Studies
    Case Studies

 


Workshops

CHPE offers AIA/CES continuing education workshops for continuing education credit. These workshops include issues of environmental and energy efficient design for Homeland Security and computer energy modeling.

For more information please contact Dr. Jim Jones.
Tel: (540) 231-7647
E-mail: wolverine@vt.edu 


Contact Us

Center for High Performance Environments
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
School of Architecture and Design (0205)
403-B Cowgill Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: (540) 231-7647
E-mail: chpe@vt.edu