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Dr. Caroline Hachem-Vermette

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Caroline Hachem-Vermette

Dr. Caroline Hachem-Vermette is an associate professor at the Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering, at Concordia University. Dr. Hachem-Vermette’s research program is highly multidisciplinary, playing a bridging role between building engineering and architectural and urban design. Her current research program aims at developing concepts and strategies for integrative design of sustainable and resilient built environment. Her work adopts a holistic view of the built environment, considering the interactions and synergies between buildings, infrastructure, landscapes, and surrounding ecosystems. Her research attempts to balance between the technical aspects of sustainable built environment and the economic and social dimensions of sustainability aiming at improving quality of life and at promoting social interaction and connectivity.

 She is currently leading a subtask on developing strategies for net-zero energy solar communities, within the International Agency Energy Task (IEA) 63- Planning Solar Neighborhoods. She was also an expert on 2 others IEA tasks on solar energy in architecture and urban planning. Dr. Hachem-Vermette is a recipient of several awards including the 2019 Peak Scholar Award, 2016 sustainability award, e-sim/ IBPSA award for innovation in modelling, and the international Hangai prize for young researchers.


2021 - Certificate in Women in Leadership, Cornell University, 2021.
2012 - Ph.D. studies in Building engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
2008 - MSc. in Building Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
2004 - MSc. in Architecture and Urban Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Graduated summa cum laude.

Research activities

Key performance indicators of integrative built environment

Developing a framework for the design of integrative design of sustainable and resilient built environment. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are carefully developed to assess various criteria of integrated performance, such as: 1) Sustainability and Resilience: this category includes factors such as energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, energy storage, and sustainable transportation options; 2) quality of life indicators such as accessibility and connectivity, livability and amenities; aesthetics and design quality; 3) economic aspects including cost-effectiveness, economic feasibility and return on investment.

This project will seek to engage stakeholders, including architects, engineers, developers policymakers, and community members, throughout the process to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive framework.

Resilient community designs

This research aims at developing modeling and design strategies to optimize the energy performance and resilience of neighborhoods.  As part of this research project, archetypes of urban neighborhood units are designed and modeled, to evaluate their energy performance and energy resilience. Archetypes are designed to reflect various Canadian neighborhoods, combining different building types and designs, urban forms and building energy systems. 

Decision making tools

Developing decision making tools and methods for the implementation of net zero energy/ net zero carbon communities.  This will serve as a foundational framework to facilitate the development and implementation of various design strategies and concepts in new and existing neighborhoods. This tool will support developers and other stakeholders in making well-informed decisions to achieve specific objectives, taking into consideration the neighborhood context.

PV integrated double skin facades

This research project aims at investigating an integrated design of Double Skin Facades (DSF), that combines aesthetical aspect to economic and technical aspects. This research project aims at investigating the impact of deployment of these DSF modules into the retrofit of existing Canadian commercial real estate buildings.  It will demonstrate that PV/T integrated in high energy efficient DSF enables the increase of energy efficiency of a building, allow renewable on-site energy production, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can contribute to new employment and manufacturing opportunities, and can decrease waste (building material waste, thermal energy waste, and reduction in energy transmission loss).

Teaching activities

Current courses

ENGR 202-Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship

Other courses

  • Decision making in energy performance (since 2020), University of Calgary
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment (since Fall 2105), University of Calgary
  • Solar Building Envelope Design (since Winter 2015), University of Calgary
  • Environmental Control  Systems ( mechanical systems) (since Winter 2015), University of Calgary
  • Lighting in Architecture (since Fall 2014)  
  • Acoustics and Illumination (Building Engineering, Concordia, 2013)
  • Building simulations, 2014, Ryerson University


Journal papers

  1. D'Adamo, I., Gastaldi, M., Hachem-Vermette, C., & Olivieri, R. (2023). Sustainability, Emission Trading System and Carbon Leakage: An approach based on neural networks and multicriteria analysis. Sustainable Operations and Computers.
  2. Yadav, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., Eranki, G. A., & Panda, S. K. (2023). Performance evaluation of building integrated semitransparent and opaque photovoltaic Trombe wall systems employing periodic thermal models. Energy and Buildings, 294, 113221.
  3. Jilani, M. N. H., Yadav, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., Panda, S. K., Tiwari, G. N., & Nayak, S. (2023). Design and performance evaluation of a greenhouse integrated Thin-Film Photovoltaic system and an earth air heat exchanger. Applied Thermal Engineering, 231, 120856.
  4. Muslim, S.A. and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2023. Towards the development of energy sharing methodology between different buildings for high efficient neighborhood design. Energy Conversion and Management, 283
  5. Caroline Hachem-Vermette, Kuljeet Singh,2023, Role of neighbourhood spatial and energy design in reducing energy vulnerability during power disruption,Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews,Volume 183,113519.
  6. Aslani, A., Hachem-Vermette, C. and Zahedi, R., 2023. Environmental impact assessment and potentials of material efficiency using by-products and waste materials. Construction and Building Materials, 378, p.131197.
  7. Yadav, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., Eranki, G.A. and Panda, S.K., 2023. Performance evaluation of building integrated semitransparent and opaque photovoltaic Trombe wall systems employing periodic thermal models. Energy and Buildings, 294, p.113221. 
  8.  Singh, K.  and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2022, Techniques of improving infrastructure and energy resilience in urban setting, published.
  9. Zahedi, R., hasan Ghodusinejad, M., Aslani, A. and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2022. Modelling community-scale renewable energy and electric vehicle management for cold-climate regions using machine learning. Energy Strategy Reviews, 43, p.100930.
  10. Dara, C., & Hachem-Vermette, C. (2022). Life Cycle Embodied Energy and Carbon Emissions of Panelized Wall Systems. The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, 17(1), 37–56.
  11. Hachem-Vermette, C., 2022. Role of solar energy in achieving net zero energy neighborhoods. Solar Energy Advances, 2, p.100018.
  12. Hachem-Vermette, C., & Singh, K. (2022). Energy systems and energy sharing in traditional and sustainable archetypes of urban developments. Sustainability, 14(3), 1356.
  13. Singh, K., & Hachem-Vermette, C. (2022). Novel methodology of urban energy simulations integrating Open-source platforms. Energy and Buildings, 263, 112040.
  14. Aslani*, A and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2022 Life Cycle Assessment and the Environmental Impact of Magnesium Oxychloride Wall Panels Compared to High-performance Walls; Journal of Construction and Building Materials.
  15. Edun, A., & Hachem-Vermette, C. (2022). Post-consumer waste recycling for high performance building envelopes in cold climates: Assessing energy and environmental impacts. Journal of Cleaner Production, 372, 133686.
  16. Aslani*, A and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2022. Energy and Environmental Assessment of High-performance Building Envelope in Cold Climate, Energy and Buildings.
  17. Hachem-Vermette, C., & Singh, K. (2022). Optimization of energy resources in various building cluster archetypes. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews157, 112050.
  18. Yadav, S., Panda, S. K., Tiwari, G. N., Al-Helal, I. M., & Hachem-Vermette, C. (2022). Periodic theory of greenhouse integrated semi-transparent photovoltaic thermal (GiSPVT) system integrated with earth air heat exchanger (EAHE). Renewable Energy, 184, 45-55.
  19. Hachem-Vermette, C., & Singh, K. (2021). Analysis of urban energy resources to achieve net-zero energy neighborhoods. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 3, 663256., p.111.
  20. Yadav* Somil,  Sarat Panda, Caroline Hachem-Vermette. (2021); Effect of Water Flow on Energy Matrices and Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Urban BiSPVT System, Energy & Buildings.
  21. Edun**, A, Hachem-Vermette, C., 2021, Energy and Environmental Impact of Recycled End of Life Tires Applied in Building Envelopes, journal of Building Engineering,  39, p.102242.
  22. Singh, K, Hachem-Vermette, C., 2021, Economical Energy Resource Planning in Sustainable Energy Neighborhood, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.
  23. Somil Yadav*, Caroline Hachem-Vermette,  Sarat Panda,. (2020). Optimum azimuth and inclination angle of BIPV panel owing to different factors influencing the shadow of adjacent building. Renewable Energy.
  24. Yadav, S.*., Panda, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., 2020. Determination of Optimum Azimuth and Tilt Angle of BIPV Panel Influenced by Shadow of Adjacent Building Having Different Plan Orientations, Journal of Applied Energy.
  25. Yadav, S.*., Panda , S., and Hachem-Vermette, C. (2020). Exergetic Performance Assessment of Optimally Inclined BIPV Thermal System by Considering Cyclic Nature of Insolation. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering: Including Wind Energy and Building Energy Conservation. SOL-20-1203.
  26. Hachem-Vermette, C., Singh, K*, 2020, Optimization Of Energy Resources Mix Within A Mixed-Use Neighborhood, Journal of Applied Energy.
  27. Guarino, F., Longo, S., Hachem,-Vermette, C., Cellura, M, and La Roccaa, V. (2020). Life cycle assessment of solar communities. Solar Energy.
  28. Yadav, S.*., Panda, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., 2020. Method to Improve Performance of BIPV Thermal System Having Optimum Tilt and Facing Directions, Journal of Applied Energy.
  29. Dara*, C Hachem-Vermette, C., 2019. Evaluation of low-impact modular housing using energy optimization and life cycle analysis; Journal of Energy, Ecology and Environment 4 (6), 286-299.
  30. Singh, K. and Hachem-Vermette, C., 2019. Influence of mixed-use neighborhood developments on the performance of waste-to-energy CHP plant. Energy, 189, p.116172.
  31. Dara*, C., Hachem-Vermette, C. and Assefa, G., 2019. Life cycle assessment and life cycle costing of container-based single-family housing in Canada: A case study. Building and Environment, 163, p.106332.
  32. Hachem-Vermette, C. and Singh, K., 2019. Optimization of the mixture of building types in a neighborhood and their energy and environmental performance. Energy and Buildings, 204, p.109499.
  33. Hachem-Vermette, C. and Singh, K., 2019. Mixed-use neighborhoods layout patterns: Impact on solar access and resilience. Sustainable Cities and Society, 51, p.101771.
  34. Hachem-Vermette, C., Guarino, F., La Rocca, V. and Cellura, M., 2019. Towards achieving net-zero energy communities: Investigation of design strategies and seasonal solar collection and storage net-zero. Solar Energy, 192, pp.169-185.
  35. Singh, K*. and Hachem C., 2019. Impact of Commercial Land Mixture on Energy and Environmental Performance of Mixed-Use Neighborhoods, Journal of Building and Environment, 154, pp.182-199.
  36. Hachem, C., and Singh K*., 2019. Investigation of the impact of residential mixture on energy and environmental performance of mixed use neighborhoods, Journal of Applied Energy, 241, pp.362-379.
  37. Syed*, A., and Hachem , C. 2019. Review of Lighting, Controls, Carbon-dioxide, Passive Design and Renewable Energy Systems for Agricultural Greenhouses,  ‘Journal of Biosystems Engineering’ (J. Biosyst. Eng., JBE, e-ISSN: 2234-1862, p-ISSN: 1738-1266.
  38. Syed*, A. and Hachem C., 2019.  Review of Construction, Geometry, HVAC and Indoor Climate Requirements of Agricultural Greenhouses, Journal of Biosystems Engineering’ (J. Biosyst. Eng., JBE, e-ISSN: 2234-1862, p-ISSN: 1738-1266).
  39. Syed* and Hachem, C, 2019, Net-Zero Energy Design and Energy Sharing Potential Between Retail and Greenhouse Complex, Journal of Building Engineering.
  40. Hachem, C. and Beckett**, R., 2018. Early stage Design Workflow for high Energy Performance Multi-storey Residential Buildings, Journal of Architectural Environment & Structural Engineering Research.
  41. Syed*, A. and hachem, C.  2018, Climate change resilient urban prototypes – A Canadian perspective on net zero energy design for retail amenities, Journal of Energy Engineering, Vol 116, No 1.
  42. Hachem, C. 2018, Multistory Building Envelope: Creative Design and Enhanced Performance, Journal of Solar Energy; 159:710-721. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.11.012
  43. Hachem C. and MacGregor A.**, 2017, Energy Optimized Envelope for Cold Climate Indoor Agricultural Growing Center, Journal of Buildings, 7(3), 59; (This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards Decarbonization in the Building Sector: Innovating Net-zero Energy Buildings) doi:10.3390/buildings7030059 (registering DOI).)
  44. Hachem C, ElSayed, M. (2016), Patterns of façade system design for enhanced energy performance of multistory buildings, Journal of Energy and Building, Volume130, 366-377. 
  45.  Hachem, C., (2016). Impact of neighborhood design on energy performance and GHG emissions, Journal of Applied Energy, Volume 177, Pages 422–434.
  46. Hachem C., Cubi, E. Bergerson, J. (2016). Energy performance of a solar mixed-use community, Journal of Sustainable cities and communities, Volume 27, Pages 145-151.
  47. Hachem, C., (2015), Integrated design considerations for solar communities, Journal of Green Buildings, V 10, N2.
  48. Hachem C., Athienitis A., Fazio P., (2014). Energy performance enhancement in multistory residential buildings, Journal of Applied Energy, 116, pp. 9-19
  49. Hachem C., Fazio, P., and Athienitis, A., (2013). Solar optimized residential neighborhoods: Evaluation and design methodology, Journal of Solar Energy, 95, 42–64.
  50. Hachem C., Athienitis A., (2013). Using Passive Design, ASHRAE journal, Volume 55, Issue 1, Pages 72-74.
  51. Hachem C., Athienitis A., Fazio P., (2012). Evaluation of energy supply and demand in solar neighborhoods, Journal of Energy and Buildings. Volume 49, Pages 335-347.
  52. Hachem C.,  Athienitis A., Fazio P., (2012). Design of roofs for increased solar potential of BIPV/T systems and their applications to housing units. ASHRAE Transactions RNS-00226-2011.R1.
  53. Hachem C., A. Athienitis, P. Fazio, (2011), Investigation of Solar Potential of Housing Units in Different Neighborhood Designs, Journal of Energy and Buildings, Volume 43, Issue 9,  Pages 2262-2273.
  54. Hachem C., A. Athienitis, P. Fazio, (2011), Parametric investigation of geometric form effects on solar potential of housing units, Journal of Solar Energy, Volume 85, Issue 9, Pages 1864-1877.
  55. Hachem, C., Chaubey, Y., Fazio P., Rao, J. and Bartlett, K., (2010), Statistical analysis of microbial volatile organic compounds in an experimental project: identification and transport analysis, Indoor and Built Environment, 19(2): 275-285.
  56. Hachem,C., Fazio, P., Rao, J., Bartlett, K., Chaubey, Y., (2008); Identification and Transport Investigation of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Cavities, Building and Environment, Volume 44, Issue 8, Pages 1691-1698.
  57. Hachem, C., Karni, E., Hanaor, A., Evaluation of Biological Deployable Systems,   International Journal of Space Structure, Vol.20, No 4, 2005,189-200.
  58. Hachem, C., Hanaor, A., Folding Sleeves – Variations on a Theme of the Earthworm, International Journal of Space Structure, Vol.20, No 3, 2005, 127-146.
  59. Hachem, C., Hanaor, A., Deployable Applications Based on Biological Organisms, Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Vol.46, No 2, 2005, 94-106.
  60. Hachem, C., Karni, E., Hanaor, A., Deployable Structures in Nature: Examples, Analysis and Realization, Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Vol.45, No 3, 2004, 190- 198.

Other publications

Conference papers
  1. Hachem- Vermette, Role of Neighbourhood Spatial and Energy Design in Reducing Energy Vulnerability During Power Disruption; The 17th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), Nov 2022, Cyprus.
  2. Yadav, S., Hachem-Vermette, C., Panda, S., Semi-transparent photovoltaic thermal (SPVT) greenhouse system combined with earth-air heat exchanger for cold climatic aquaculture, Eurosun, 2022.
  3. Campamà Pizarro, R.; Hachem-Vermette, C.; Grewal, K; Bernardo, R.; Kanters, J. Wall, M.
  4. A Methodology to Streamline the Assessment of Existing Neighborhoods Towards Climate Neutrality , Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, 2022.
  5. D’Almeida, R., Hachem-Vermette, C., Singh, K., (2021), Implementation of solar strategies within different urban layouts, ISES Conference, online.
  6. 5.K. Singh and C. Hachem-Vermette, Energy sharing potential in mixed-use cluster, eSim 2020, Vancouver, Canada, 2020.
  7. Caroline Hachem-Vermette. (2020). Design strategies for climate resilient Neighborhoods. CAE Roadmap to Resilient Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050
  8. Alarcon Herrera, Olivia*; Hachem-Vermette, Caroline. (2020). Developing Multi-functional Design Strategies for Facades in Net-Zero Energy High-Rise Buildings. PLEA.
  9. Singh*, K., Hachem-Vermette C. (2020). Energy Sharing Between Sustainable Residential And Conventional Commercial Buildings Cluster. PLEA.
  10. Caroline Hachem-Vermette. (2020). Design and Performance of Landscape Adaptable PV Structures. Eurosun.
  11. K. Grewal* and C. Hachem, (2020). Scheduling of Hybrid Heating and Cooling System Based on Energy Resources for Mixed-Use Multistorey Building" for the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference.
  12. K. Grewal* and C. Hachem. (2019). Impact of waste disposal variation on performance of waste-to-energy based CHP: A case study. International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’19), Oxford, United Kingdom.
  13. Guarino, F., Longo, S., Hachem-Vermette, C. and Cellura, M. (2019). Environmental Life Cycle Impacts of a Solar –Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Integrated District Heating System. SDEWES, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  14. Syed* A. and Hachem-Vermette, C.,. (2019). Design Optimization and Energy Sharing Potential of Urban centric Community. 16th International Building Simulations Conference and Exhibition, Rome, Italy Conference
  15. 14.Hachem C., Guarino F., La Rocca   V., Cellura, M., Thermal collection and seasonal storage potential of a mixed use neighborhood, Eurosun 2018
  16. Hachem C., Dara*, C. and Kane, R., 2018; Towards net-zero energy modular housing: a case study. Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit EN17.
  17. Beckett** R. and Hachem C., (2017), Building Envelope Energy Optimization for Multistory Buildings, 2017 Canada Conference on Building Science Technology (CCBST 2017), Vancouver, Canada. BC
  18. MacGregor** A. and Hachem C. (2016).  Cold-Climate Supermarket attached Greenhouse: A Case Study, Eurosun Conference, Spain.
  19. Hachem C., (2016) Environmental impact of various neighborhood designs, SimAUD 2016, London.
  20. MacGregor** A. and Hachem, C. (2016) Investigation of Design Strategies For Improved Energy Performance In Supermarkets: A Case Study, eSim 2016. DG
  21. ElSayed M. and Hachem C. (2016). Development of optimization methodology for increased energy efficiency of PV integrated curtain wall systems, eSim 2016. SN
  22. Bigalia E., Hachem, C., ElSayed M., and Athienitis, A. (2016). Solar energy potential for commercial building façade retrofit, eSim 2016.
  23. Hachem C., Cubi, E. Bergerson J. (2015). Energy performance of a solar mixed-use community, 4th Climate Change Technology Conference, Montreal, Canada.SN
  24. Hachem C., (2015), Design of a base case mixed-use community and its energy performance, 6th International Building Physics Conference, Torino, Italy. SN
  25. C. Hachem, P. Fazio and A. Athienitis, (2013), Design of curtain wall facades in multistory buildings for improved solar potential and daylighting distribution, ISES Conference,3-7 Nov., Cancun, Mexico.
  26. C. Hachem, P. Fazio and A. Athienitis, (2013), Effect of Housing Density on Energy Performance of Solar-optimized Residential Configurations, CISBAT Conference, 4-6 September, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  27. Hachem C., Athienitis A., and Fazio P., Design Methodology of Solar Neighborhoods, Solar Heating and Cooling Conference, Energy Procedia, July 2012.
  28. Hachem C., Athienitis A., and Fazio P.., Solar Optimized Neighborhood Patterns: Evaluation and Guidelines, eSim 2012, 7th Biennal Building Simulation Conference of IBPSA-Halifax, Canada, May 2 - 3, 2012.
  29. Hachem C., Fazio P., and Athienitis A., Energy Implications and Solar Energy Potential of Housing Units ‘Shapes, The 5th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC5), Kyoto, Japan, May 2012.
  30. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio P.., Design of Roof Morphology for Increased Solar Potential of BIPV/T Systems, ISES Conference, Kassel, Germany, August 2011.
  31. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio, P.., Evaluation of Alternative Neighborhood Patterns for BIPV Potential and Energy Performance, CISBAT, Lauzanne, Switzerland, September 2011.
  32. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio, P., Design of Solar Optimized Neighbourhood, ASHRAE conference, Montreal, June 2011.
  33. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio, P.  A Study of the Influence of Housing Unit Form and Density on Solar Potential, EuroSun conference, Graz, Austria, 28 Sep.-1 Oct., 2010.
  34. Hachem C., Athienitis A, Fazio P. and O’Brien W., Design of Passive Low Energy, Low Cost Housing: A Case Study, Canadian Solar Building Conference, Totonto, 2009.
  35. Hachem, C., K. Bartlett, P. Fazio, J. Rao, Y. Chauby, Sampling and Evaluation of Mold Related Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Cavities, ASTM symposium, April 2009, Vancouver, Canada.
  36. Hachem, C., Chaubey, Y., Fazio, P., Rao, J., Bartlett, K.; Statistical Analysis of Mold Related Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Wall Cavities, the Forth International Building Physics Conference (IBPC4), Istanbul, June (2009).
  37. Hachem, C., K. Bartlett, P. Fazio, J. Rao, C. Chaubey, Investigation of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds and Their Transport through the Building Envelope, Nordic Conference of Building Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2008.
  38. Hachem, C., Karni, E., Hanaor, A., "Deployable Structures in Nature: Examples, Analysis and Realization", Shell and Spatial Structures, from Models to Realization, Proc. IASS Symposium, Montpellier, 20-24 September, 2004.
 Books and Chapters in books
  1. Hachem-Vermette, Energy resilient neighborhoods, 2024 (in preparation, proposal accepted by Springer).
  2. Hachem-Vermette, C. Solar Buildings and Neighborhoods: Design considerations for high energy performance,  Springer, 2020.
  3. Jun-Tae Kim, Jin-Hee Kim, Ahmed Hassan, Caroline Hachem, and Fred Edmond Boafo, 2016. Net-zero Energy Mass Customized Houses ZEMCH: Toward the Delivery of Zero Energy Mass Custom Homes-Chapter 9. , published by Springer.
  4. Hachem, C. , Fazio P., Bartlett, K., 2010, Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Cavities (published MS thesis),   LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, AG & CoKG.
  5. Hachem, C. and Hanaor, A., "Folding Sleeves - Variations on a Theme of the Earthworm", 2009, in Motro R., Editor, Structural Morphology and Configuration Processing of Space Structures, Part B: Structural Morphology, Multi-Science, Brentwood, Essex, pp.115-138.
  1. Dara*, C.  and Hachem C.; Life Cycle Assessment: Low Energy and Low Carbon modular housing in Canada, 5th International Conference on “Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change”, ESCC 2018 Mykonos, Greece, June 4-6, 2018.
  2. Tyler, ME, and Hachem Re-Framing Urban Design: Buildings as a primary source of electricity and GHG reduction, 5th International Conference on “Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change”, ESCC 2018 Mykonos, Greece, June 4-6, 2018.
  3. Tyler, ME, and Hachem, C., 2017. Transformational Design: Demonstrating Infrastructure and Projective Ecologies in a Canadian Urban Context
  4. Hachem, C., 2017, Impact of Design approach of cold-climate greenhouse on Energy performance and GHG emissions, 4th International Conference on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change, June 12-14, 2017 .
  5. Robinston* and Hachem 2017 Walkability as an Indicator of Neighbourhood Resilience (breakout presentation), Journal of Transport & Health, 2017 – Elsevier

  1. Hachem-Vermette, C., Singh, K., (2021), Role of solar energy in achieving net zero energy neighborhoods, ISES Conference, online.
  2. Eduard Cubi and Caroline Hachem Assessment of energy options in a mixed use community in Calgary,  NSERC SNEBRN Annual General Meeting, Saskatoon, 2015 May
  3. Edvinas Bigalia, and Caroline Hachem, Modeling and analysis of two case studies in Saskatoon, NSERC SNEBRN Annual  General meeting, Saskatoon, 2015 May
  4. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio, F., Design of Roof Morphology for Increased Solar Potential of BIPV/T Systems, ISES Conference, Kassel, Germany, August 2011.
  5. Hachem C., Athienitis, A., and Fazio, F., Evaluation of Alternative Neighborhood Patterns for BIPV Potential and Energy Performance, CISBAT, Lauzanne, Switzerland, September 2011.

  1. Identification of existing tools and workflows for solar neighborhood planning; Editors: Jouri Kanters, Martin Thebault;  Authors: Nicholas Baker, Rafaella Belmonte Monteiro, Alessia Boccalatte, Karine Bouty, Johannes Brozovsky, Cyril Caliot, Rafael Campamà Pizarro, Raphaël Compagnon, Agnieszka Czachura, Gilles Desthieux, Matteo Formolli, Stéphanie Giroux-Julien, Victor Guillot, Benjamin Govehovitch, Caroline Hachem-Vermette, Ellis Herman, Olivia Alarcon Herrera, Jérôme H. Kämpf, Gabriele Lobaccaro, Christophe Ménézo, Marjorie Musy, Giuseppe Peronato, Arnkell Jonas Petersen, Auline Rodler, Kuljeet Singh , Viktor Sjöberg , Mark Snow, Joar Tjetland, and Yupeng Wang; SHC IEA Task 63 publications.
  2. Hachem-Vermette, C. Energy resilient communities, Overview of resilience concepts, impact of disasters on energy infrastructure, and energy indicators, report submitted to Natural Resources Canda (Ottawa), March 2022.
  3. Silvia Croce Caroline Hachem-Vermette, Matteo Formolli, Daniele Vettorato, Mark Snow, SHC IEA Task 63 report DB1: Surface Uses in Solar Neighborhoods, June 2022.
  4. Caroline Hachem -Vermette, Kuljeet Singh , Olaf Brunn Jorgenson , Silvia Corce, Matteo Formolli, Rafael Compama Pizzaro and Gilles Desthieux, IEA Task 63 DA1: Incorporation of Solar Design Strategies in urban planning , Dec 2021.
  5. Singh . K. and Hachem-Vermette , C. (2021). Renewable, alternative and conventional energy resource optimization for grid-tied mixed-use building cluster. ATCO.
  6. Alireza, A. and Hachem-Vermette, C. (2021). Life Cycle Assessment of MGO Assemblies Compared with Conventional and High-Performance Building Envelope. 16. MgO Systems.
  7. Hachem-Vermette, C. (2020). Towards low-carbon communities, in support of  the LCCES project. 11. Natural resources Canada.
  8. Hachem-Vermette, C. (2020). Review of current international collaboration initiatives within the International Energy Agency framework on solar neighbourhoods planning regarding its applicability to the LCCES project. 11. Natural resources Canada.
  9. Hachem-Vermette, C. (2019). International review on rehabilitation and retrofitting of existing neighborhood towards low-carbon communities. 13. Natural resources Canada.
  10. Hachem-Vermette, C, Robinston ,N. (2018). Advanced Building Envelope Design of Multistory Buildings. 53. Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), BC Housing.
  11. Caroline Hachem and Chineyere Dara. (2017). Evaluation of the Impact of Building Envelope Design on Energy Performance of Container-Based Modular Housing Units. 54. Ladacor.
  12. Caroline Hachem and Anders McGregor. (2016). Growing Center’s Optimized Building Envelope Design. Anethum.
  13. Hachem-Vermette. (2015). Feasibility study of Net zero energy large scale neighborhood in Okotoks. 16. Natural Resources Canada.

Miscellaneous Publications and Media Coverage
  1. Tackling the complexity of urban-level energy simulation,
  2. Researcher paints optimistic energy future for cities, U-Today, June 25th 2021.
  3. Deployment of photovoltaic in Alberta, Radio Canada-Alberta (in French), June 2020,
  4. Passive Solar Design, C. Hachem-Vermette, Folds (D-talks), 
  6. Illustrative Prospective of Solar Energy in Urban Planning
  7. Collection of International Case Studies,
  8. June 2017; Olaf Bruun Jørgensen, Mauro Caini, Silvia Croce, Johan Dahlberg, Aymeric Delmas, Pietro Florio, Francesco Frontini, François Garde, Markus Gratzl, Virginie Grosdemouge, Caroline Hachem-Vermette, […], IEA SHC Task 51
  9. IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Solutions for Urban and Landscape Planning. September 2016,
  10. State-of-the-Art of Education on Solar Energy in Urban Planning; Delmas, Aymeric ; Florio, Pietro ; Hachem-Vermette, Caroline ; Horvat, Miljana[...]; 2017; IEA Task 51
  11. The communication process; Ehrbar, Doris ; Frontini, Francesco ; Gosztonyi, Susanne ; Hachem, Caroline[...] 2012; IEA Task 41– Solar Energy and Architecture
  12. Product developments and dissemination activities, Lobaccaro, G ; Wall, M ; Munari Probst, M C ; Maturi, L, Snow, M., Gostonyi, S., Hachem, C., […] 2012, TASK 41 – Solar Energy and Architecture
  13. Interview for industry news,, Calgary, 2016 December.
  14. Utoday,
  15. ASHRAE funding research on building shape and density, by Jessica Krippendorf, Journal of Commerce July 4, 2011.
  16. A small but fiercely efficient chalet, Article in Montreal Gazette by Joanne Penhale, Special to THE GAZETTE   06.24.2014.
  17. fiercely efficient chalet/9974199/story.html

Theses and Dissertations
  1. Investigation of Design Parameters for Increased Solar Potential of Dwellings and Neighborhoods, Dissertation for Doctor in Philosophy (ranked excellent), Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2012.
  2. Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Cavities, Identification and Transport Analysis, Dissertation for Master of Applied Science, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2008.
  3. Biological Deployable Systems, Characterization and Architectural Application, Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MS degree in architecture, The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, October 2004.

Academic opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship position

I am seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position focused on the design and modeling of innovative urban energy systems aimed at creating sustainable and resilient urban environments.


Position Overview:

The selected fellow will engage in research initiatives aimed at the development and modeling of cutting-edge energy solutions at both the building and urban scales. This includes exploring various energy generation methods, the distribution of energy among buildings, and more. The research will involve the use of advanced programming and simulation tools such as EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, and Python. Topics of interest include but are not limited to heat recovery systems, geothermal energy, thermal storage solutions, and the analysis of individual versus centralized energy systems.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a PhD in building engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field. A strong background in urban energy modeling, whole building simulation, heat transfer, thermodynamics, programming, and/or building science/physics is essential. Candidates must have a proven track record of technical writing, evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment is crucial, as is the flexibility to manage multiple projects concurrently.


This fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the advancement of sustainable urban energy systems and to work within a dynamic and collaborative research environment.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, and we are committed to fostering a research community that respects and promotes diversity and inclusion.


Application details:  

Contact information: Prof Caroline H-Vermette,

Method of the application: By email:

Deadline for submitting applications: March1st 2024.


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