The Center for Housing Innovation is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary research, development, and public-service arm of the university. Its purpose is to advance the state of knowledge and professional expertise related to the planning, design, and construction of residential environments, civic buildings, and workplaces in the Pacific Northwest. Members are experts in housing design and production, energy performance in building design, use of natural resources in community planning, regulatory issues such a zoning ordinances and building codes, and user participation in housing and community design. Design quality and sustainability are particular concerns of the center.

With the strong core staff and a wide network of potential resources, the center undertakes research, consulting, educational, and community-service projects. These include research for government agencies, development of design and construction prototypes, creation of innovative community and neighborhood design plans, and development of new zoning ordinances as well as services to civic, community, and neighborhood groups. The center provides consulting services to architects and planners who seek efficient use of energy and material resources.

Students in degree programs of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts actively participate in course offerings by center faculty members, student employment opportunities, and research fellowships.

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  • BARRIERS TO INCREASING THE MARKET SHARE OF WOOD-FRAMED CLOSED PANELS 

    Brown, G.Z.; Larocque, Paul; Peffer, Therese (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1996-05)
    The University of Oregon completed diagnostic testing of six units of housing which used open and closed panels. Open panels are built with wood studs and shipped to the site with sheathing, and sometimes windows and ...
  • Demonstration House Project for: St. Vincent De Paul Society 

    Brown, G. Z.; University of Oregon. Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1992)
  • MULTIYEAR RESEARCH PLAN ENERGY EFFICIENT INDUSTRIALIZED HOUSING 

    Brown, G. Z.; Berg, Rudy; Corner, Don; Finrow, Jerry; Kellett, Ron; Kirsch, Patti; McDonald, Margot; McGinn, Barry; Sekiguchi, Tomoko; Fairey, Philip; Chandra, Subrato; Swart, William; Roland, Jim; Maxwell, Larry (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1989-06)
    The research program, under the guidance of a steering committee composed of industry and government representatives, focuses on three interdependent concerns -- energy conservation, industrial process, and housing design. ...
  • CITY FORM: THE CREATION OF COMFORTABLE URBAN MICROCLIMATES 

    Brown, G. Z.; Novitski, B. J.; Kleczynski, H. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1981)
    This paper describes a method for analyzing the climate of exterior spaces in terms of human thermal comfort. Hypothetical city configurations are compared in two U.S. climate zones.
  • Performance Specifications for the Design and Manufacture of Energy Efficient Housing in the 21st Century 

    Brown, G. Z.; Kellett, Ronald; DeKay, Mark; Muller, Brook; Peting, Donald (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1992)
    This paper reports on work in progress in 'Design for Energy Efficiency', one of fifteen task areas of the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored Energy Efficient Industrialized Housing research program. In this task, ...
  • THE HICROCLIMATES AROUND FREE-STANDING BUILDINGS 

    Brown, G. Z.; Novitski, B. J. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 2011)
    This paper describes the methodology and results of a project to study the behavior of the sun and wind in creating more or less favorable microclimates around two suburban building types in two U.S. locations.
  • ENERGY SCHEMING 1.0 

    Brown, G. Z.; Sekiguchi, Tomoko (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1989)
    This paper describes software for the Apple Macintosh microcomputer that aids architecture students and professionals in incorporating energy considerations in the earliest phase of the design process. The user interface ...
  • GLOBAL WARMING, COMPUTERIZED DESIGN TOOLS AND INDUSTRIALIZED HOUSING 

    Brown, G. Z. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1990-11)
    This paper reviews the author's and his associates' current research in the areas of global warming, computerized design tools and industrialized housing. The global warming study for buildings in the United States ...
  • ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSE TO CLIMATIC PATTERNS 

    Brown, G. Z.; Novitski, B. J. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1997)
    We have analysed several climates in terms of some basic recurring weather patterns, and then classified these patterns in terms of direct architectural response. This analysis allows the designer to organize and ...
  • Insideout: Making Environmental Control Systems a Part of Design 

    Brown, G. Z. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1980)
    The teaching of mechanical and electrical systems in isolation (i e, distinct from design studios), reinforces the notion that technical concerns are narrow, equipment oriented and independent. Broader environmental questions ...
  • CONCEPTUAL DESIGN SUB DOMAIN MODEL 

    Brown, G. Z.; McDonald, Margot (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1990-12)
    The Advanced Energy Design and Operation Technologies (AEDOT) Research Project was created to develop a scientific and technical basis for improved energy-related decision making early in the design process and in ways ...
  • DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENT MODULAR CLASSROOM STRUCTURES 

    Bernhard, Sarah; Brown, G. Z.; Briscoe, John; Kline, Jeff; Kumar, Pawan; Wang, Zhunqin; Rasmussen, Donald; Rasmussen, Kenneth; Stanard, James (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1996)
    The objective of our investigations was to develop innovations that would enable modular builders to improve the energy performance of their classrooms without increasing their first cost. The Modem Building Systems' classroom ...
  • An Approach to Teaching Calculation Procedures for Passive Design 

    Brown, G. Z.; Ubbelohde, M. Susan; Reynolds, John S. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1981)
    This paper describes the development, testing and revision of a workbook, Passive Procedures for Daylighting, Passive Solar Heating and Cooling", which emphasize the integration of a set of calculation procedures with ...
  • COMPUTER USE IN INDUSTRIALIZED HOUSING SALES, DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 

    Brown, G. Z.; McDonald, Margot; Meacham, Matt (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1991)
    This paper summarizes a study on the extent of computer use by industrialized housing producers in the U.S., Japan, Sweden and Norway. The study was directed at understanding industrialized housing production and energy ...
  • An Integrated Environment for Intelligent Energy Design 

    Brambley, Michael R.; Quadrel, Richard W.; Stratton, Rex C.; Brown, G. Z.; Meacham, Matt; Miller, Peter; Pohl, Jens G.; La Porta, John; Snyder, James; Selkowitz, Steven E.; Papamichael, Konstantinos; Bailey, Mark L. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1992)
    The design of energy-efficient buildings can be aided by intelligent computer tools that can evaluate design solutions and make recommendations for improving the buildings' energy performance. Such tools can be very ...
  • Energy, Scheming: . Macintosh Software for Preliminary Design 

    Brown, G. Z.; Sekiguchi, Tomoko (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1991)
    This paper describes software for the Apple Macintosh microcomputer that aids architecture students and professionals in incorporating energy considerations in the earliest phases of the design process. The user interface ...
  • Teaching Energy in Design: A Matter of Attitude, Circumstance and Style 

    Brown, G. Z. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1983)
  • Climate Responsive Earth-Sheltered Buildings 

    Brown, G. Z.; Novitski, B. J. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1981-03)
    An understanding of the impact of climate on the built environment can lead to the' design of more fuel-efficient buildings. The authors present a methodology for analyzing climate conditions in terms of the architectural ...
  • A METHOD FOR ANALYSING CLIMATE IN TERMS OF ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSES 

    Brown, G. Z.; Novitski, B. J. (2011-01-21)
    We have developed computer-aided techniques for analysing climates in terms of the combined effects of insulation, air temperature, wind speed, and relative humidity and have linked these to specific architectural ...
  • A Sunlight Design Tool 

    Brown, G. Z.; Wood, D. J.; Brown, A. G. P. (Center for Housing Innovation, University of Oregon, 1989)
    Computer-based techniques for Environmental design tend to be analytical. They are aimed at the Engineer who takes a previously designed building and then analyses the environmental performance of the building so as to ...

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