Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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