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Student Research Projects

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions / Energy Use Analysis of Las Vegas Residential Sector

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The NEAT Labís ongoing student research projects look at both urban and architectural scales specific to the valley. At the urban scale, one of our research projects is striving to baseline CO2 emissions of the residential sector. This is done by mapping the current energy consumption (electricity and gas) of households for each zip code in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. Using GIS software along with various statistical programs, we are able to synthesize the most recent energy consumption data (year 2005) into ready-reference maps and create a robust model. The research can now be potentially developed into online interactive maps of the entire valley, which can help all residents understand their contribution to local as well as global emissions. Another part of this research also establishes meaningful correlations between the age and size of houses, so that policy makers can have a benchmark for retrofit guidelines and new construction recommendations for residential buildings.

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Vital Signs

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The Vital Signs Project (University of California, Berkeley) and the Agents of Change Project (University of Oregon), are aimed in  incorporating issues of building physical performance into the education of environmental designers. Its main goal is to instill in students a fundamental awareness about the numerous ways in which their design decisions affect a building's physical performance--from energy use, to indoor and/or outdoor environmental quality, to occupant well-being.  Students at UNLV have worked with the NEAT Lab to produce case studies that respond to design issues of the United States Southwest.

UNLV Student Case Studies (Adobe PDF format):

 

 

 

 

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