Concordia University

Hua Ge, PhD, P. Eng

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Office: S-EV 6122 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8771

Dr. Ge received her Ph.D. from the BuildingEngineering program at Concordia University in 2003. She was the Director ofBuilding Science Centre of Excellence at British Columbia Institute ofTechnology from 2004-2009, where she established the research center,championed a unique Master of Building Science/Building Engineering program,and developed a major Building Envelope Test Facility. After working in thedepartment of Architectural Science at Ryerson University for over two yearsfrom 2010-2012, she joined the department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia in Aug. 2012. She has published over 50 technical papers in peer reviewed Journals and conference proceedings. 

Her current research focuses on high performance and durable building envelopes including innovative wood-frame constructions and plus-energy curtain walls, quantifying wind-driven rain loads by field measurements and modeling, and optimum building envelope design for future climates. 


  • Professional Engineers of APEGBC
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers
  • Voting member of ASHRAE TC4.4 Building materials and building envelope performance 
  • Voting member of ASTM Technical Committee E-06 Performance of Buildings     


  • wind-driven rain and runoff: measurements & modelling
  • hygrothermal performance of innovative wood-frame constructions
  • dynamic effects of thermal bridges
  • durable building envelopes for future climates
  • advanced building facade 
  • high performance housing for the North

Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses

BLDG 463 Building Envelope Design
BLDG 366 Acoustics and Lighting

Graduate courses

BLDG 6601 Building Enclosure
BLDG 6661 Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelope
BLDG 6671 Diagnostics and Rehabilitation of Building Envelope

Research activities

Ongoing projects

  • NSERC strategic research Network for Engineered Wood-based Building Systems (NEWBuildS) (2010-2015)
  1. T4-2-C10: Establishing wind-driven rain load and the effectiveness of overhang on reducing wind-driven rain wetting for mid-rise buildings 
  2. T4-5-C10: Developing Durable building envelope assemblies forCross-Laminated Timber construction
  3. T4-6-C10: Development of a method to characterize wind-driven rain load on mid-rise buildings 
  4. T4-7-C10: Developing durable wood-frame building envelope systems for net-zero energy ready buildings 
  • NSERC Discovery Grant (2014-2019): wind-driven rain and its impact on building envelopes

Current graduate students

  • Mr. Lin Wang, Ph.D
  • Mr. Ahmad Kayello, Ph.D. (with Dr. A. Athienitis)
  • Mr. Jin Xing Xiao, Ph.D. (with Dr. Zeng, CIISE)
  • Mr. Mohammad Aldabibi, Ph.D. (with Dr. Nokken)
  • Ms. Angel Lam, M.A.Sc
  • Mr. Vincent Chiu, M.A.Sc (with Dr. T. Stathopoulos)
  • Mr. Uzzwal Kumar Deb Nath, M.A.Sc
  • Mr. Fuad Baba, M.A.Sc
  • Mr. Ali Sehizadeh, M.A.Sc
  • Mr. Ali Khalilzadeh, M.A.Sc (with Dr. H.D. Ng, Mechanical engineering)
  • Mr. Asok Thirunavukarasu, M.A.Sc (with Dr. A. Athienitis)
  • Mr. Daniel Baril, M.A.Sc (with Dr. A. Athienitis)

Past graduate students

  • Mr. Mike Fox, 2014. Hygrothermal performance of highly-insulated wood-frame walls subjected to air leakage: field measurements and simulations. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University)
  • Ms. Afrooz Ravanfar, 2013. Simulation and optimization of the solar-assisted ventilation in a chimney-dependent solarium. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University with Dr. Z.Y. Liao)
  • Mr. Sepehr Mohaddes, 2013. A numerical study of the effects of overhangs on the wind-driven rain wetting of building facades. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University with Dr. D. Naylor)
  • Mr. Sam Sassi, 2013. Validation of a wind-driven rain module for HAM-Tools. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University with Dr. M. Hovart)
  • Ms. Ruth McClung, 2012. Field study of hygrothermal performance of Cross-laminated Timber wall assemblies with built-in moisture. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University).
  • Mr. Ronald Krpan, 2012. Wind-driven rain on buildings in metro Vancouver: parameters for rain penetration testing of window assemblies. (M.A.Sc thesis with Dr. Fazio)
  • Mr. Chris Leung, 2011. Evaluation of thermal environment and energy performance of a radiant ceiling heating system. (M.A.Sc thesis completed at Ryerson University)
  • Ms. Wendy Simpson, 2010. Influence of cavity ventilation on the hygrothermal performance of wood-frame walls in the coastal climate of British Columbia. (M.A.Sc. with Dr. Fazio)
  • Dr. Xiangjin Yang, 2010. Investigation of moisture buffering effect of hygroscopic materials in full-scale experiments and HAM simulations. (Ph.D. thesis with Dr. Fazio).  


Article in refereed journals

1.      Yang, X.J., H. Ge, P. Fazio and J. Rao (2014).“Evaluation of parameters influencing the moisture buffering potential ofhygroscopic materials with BSim simulations”. Buildings 2014, 4: 375-393.

2.      Ge,H., X.J. Yang, P. Fazio and J. Rao(2014). “Influence of moisture load profiles on moisture buffering potentialand moisture residuals of three groups of hygroscopic materials”. Building and Environment 81: 162-171.

3.      Oasass, R. M. Gorgolewski and H. Ge (2014).“Timber framing factor in Toronto housing construction”. Journal of Architectural Science Review. Jan. 2014.

4.      Mohaddes, S., H. Ge, and D. Naylor  (2013). “Effectsof roof overhangs on wind-driven rain wetting of a low-rise cubic building: anumerical study”. Journal of WindEngineering & Industrial Aerodynamics 125: 38-51.

5.      McClung, V.R., H. Ge, J. Straube, and J. Y. Wang(2013). “Hygrothermal performance of cross-laminated timber wall assemblieswith built-in moisture: field measurements and simulations”. Building and Environment 71: 95-110

6.      Ge,H., V.R. McClung, S. Zhang (2013).“Impact of balcony thermal bridges on the overall thermal performance of Multi-unitresidential buildings: a case study”. Energyand Buildings, 60:163-173.

7.      Leung, C. and H. Ge (2013). “An infraredsphere method to measure mean radiant temperature”. ASHRAE Transaction, Vol. 119, Part 1.

8.      Leung, C., and H. Ge (2013). “Sleep thermalcomfort and energy saving of a radiant ceiling heating system”, Building and Environment 59: 91-98.

9.      Yang, X., P. Fazio, H. Ge, and J. Rao(2012). “Evaluation of moisture buffering capacity of interior surfacematerials and furniture in a full-scale experimental investigation” Building and Environment, Vol. 47, pp.188-196.

10.      Huang, L., Z.Y. Liao, H. Ge, and L. Zhao(2012). “Physical rules based adaptive neuro-fuzzy inferential sensor modeldesign and analysis in predicting the indoor temperature in heating systems”. Periodical of Advanced Materials ResearchVols. 516-517, Electrical Power & Energy Systems, pp. 370-379.

11.      Tariku,F., and H. Ge (2010). “Experimental study of the drying and wetting of asheathing board in the conventional and rainscreen walls”.  Journalof Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 39 No.3.

12.      Fazio,P., Mao, Q., Ge, H., Alturkistani, A., and Rao J. (2007), “A test method tomeasure the relative capacity of wall panels to evacuate moisture from theirstud cavity”. Journal of ArchitecturalEngineering, 13(4): 194-204.

13.      Ge, H., and P.Fazio, (2004). Effect of boundary conditions on the prediction of temperaturedistribution for Curtain Walls. ASHRAETransaction, Vol. 110 (2), pp.249-257.

14.      Ge. H., and P.Fazio, (2004). Experimental evaluation of thermal response and condensationperformance of metal curtain walls subjected to air leakage. Journal of Architectural Engineering,Vol. 10, No. 2, June, pp. 61-68. 

15.      Ge, H., and P.Fazio, (2004). Experimental investigation of cold draft induced by twodifferent types of glazing panels in metal curtain wall. Building and Environment, Vol. 39 (2), February, pp.115-125.

16.      Fazio, P.,J.W. Rao, and H. Ge (2002). Measuring air Leakage characteristics with flexibledouble air chambers. Journal ofArchitectural Engineering, Vol. 8 No. 3, September, pp.89-95.

proceedings edited

1.      Fazio, P., Ge, H., Rao, J.and Desmarais, G. (Eds.), (2006), Building Physics: 3rd InternationalConference in Building Physics, Montreal, Canada, 27-31 August, 992pp. 

articles in refereed conference proceedings

1.      Sehizadeh, A., and H. Ge (2014). “Impact of future climate change on thethermal comfort of Canadian housing retrofitted to the PassiveHaus Standard: acase study”. Proceedingsof Indoor Air 2014, July, Hong Kong.

2.      L. Wang and H. Ge (2014). “Stochasticmodeling of hygrothermal performance of wood-frame wall assemblies: theinfluence of cladding ventilation”. Proceeding of 10th NordicSymposium on Building Physics, June, Lund, Sweden.

3.      Ravanfar A., Z.Y. Liao, and H. Ge(2014). “Simulation study of solar chimney assisted solarium”. Proceeding of 10thNordic Symposium on Building Physics, June, Lund, Sweden.

4.      Lam, A., H. Ge, and P. Fazio(2014). “Study of different glazing modeling approaches in assessing energyperformance of curtain wall systems using EnergyPlus”. Proceedings of eSim2014, May, Ottawa, Canada

5.      Sehizadeh, A., and H. Ge (2014). “Impact of future climate change on thethermal comfort of Canadian housing retrofitted to the PassivHaus Standard: acase study”. Proceedingsof eSim 2014, May, Ottawa, Canada

6.      Fox, M., H. Ge, and J. Straube(2014). “Field test of hygrothermal performance of highly insulated wallassemblies”. Proceeding of 14th Canadian Conference on Building Scienceand Technology, Oct., Toronto.

7.      Morlidge, M., H. Ge and P. (2014). “Acritical review on long-term thermal performance of Vacuum Insulation Panel inbuilding envelope construction”. Proceeding of 14th Canadian Conferenceon Building Science and Technology, Oct., Toronto.

8.      Krpan, R., and H. Ge (2014). “Wind-drivenrain on the walls of buildings in Metro Vancouver: parameters for rainpenetration testing”. Proceeding of 14th Canadian Conference onBuilding Science and Technology, Oct., Toronto.

9.      Mohaddes, S., D. Naylor, and H. Ge(2013). “Effect of overhangs on the wind-driven rain wetting of buildingfacades”. Proceedings of Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes ofBuildings XII, ASHRAE, Florida, Dec. 2-5.

10.      Sassi, S., H. Ge and M. Horvat(2013). “Validation of wind-driven rain modules for HAM Tools”. Proceedings of ThermalPerformance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings XII, ASHRAE, Florida, Dec.2-5.

11.      McClung, V.R., H. Ge and J. Straube(2011). “Field study of hygrothermal performance of Cross-laminated Timber wallassemblies with built-in moisture”. Proceeding of the 5thInternational Conference in Building Physics, Kyoto, Japan, May 2012.

12.      Wu, R., H. Ge and M. Horvat(2011).  “Wind-driven rain module forHAM-Tools (International Building Physics Toolbox) according to AHSRAE160P-Design and verification. Proceeding of the 5th InternationalConference in Building Physics, Kyoto, Japan, May 2012.

13.      Ge, H. and T. Fitsum (2011). “Evaluation of the thermalperformance of innovative pre-fabricated wall systems through field testing”.Proceeding of the 3rd Building Enclosure Science and Technologyconference, April, 2012, Atlanta, USA.

14.      Leung, C. and H. Ge (2011). “Fieldstudy of energy efficiency and thermal environment created by a radiant heatingsystem in a detached house”. Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Symposiumon Building Physics. Tampere, Finland. May 29-June 2nd.

15.      Ge, H. and Y. Simpson(2011). “Influence of under-cooling on the wetting and drying of rainscreenwalls in cold and humid climate”. Proceedings of the 12thInternational Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components.Porto, Portugal, April, 12th-15th, 2011.

16.      Tariku, F., and H. Ge (2010). “Comparison of conventionaland prefabricated rainscreen wall systems’ thermal and moisture performances”.Proceedings of the International Conference in Thermal Performance of theExterior Envelopes of Buildings XI, ASHRAE, Florida.

17. SimpsonY.Y., Ge, H., and P. Fazio (2010). “Field investigation of the thermal and moisture performance of panel type rainscreen walls in the coastal climate of British Columbia”. Proceeding of the 1st Central European Conference on Building Physics, CECBP, Poland. 34

18.  Ge, H., Y. Ye, and P. Fazio (2009). “Influence of cavity ventilation on thedrying and wetting of plywood sheathing in the rainscreen walls in the coastalclimate of British Columbia”. Proceedings of the FourthInternational Conference in building Physics (IBPC4), June 15-18, Istanbul, Turkey.

19.   Ge, H., Y. Ye, and P.Fazio (2009). “Field investigation of the impact of cavity ventilation on thewetting and drying of brick veneer wall systems in the coastal climate ofBritish Columbia”. Proceedings of the12th National Building Science and Technology Conference. May6-8, Montreal.

20.   Ge, H., Krpan, R., and P.Fazio (2009). “Field measurements of wind-driven rain: a study of sevenbuildings in metro Vancouver”. Proceedings of the 12th National Building Science and TechnologyConference, May 6-8, Montreal.

21.   Yang, X., P. Fazio, J.Rao, S. Vera, and H. Ge (2009). “Experimental evaluation of transient moisturebuffering of interior surface materials in a full-scale one-room test setup”.Proceedings of the Fourth InternationalConference in building Physics (IBPC4), June 15-18, Istanbul,Turkey.

22.   Ge, H., R. Krpan, P.Fazio, and Y. Ye (2008). “A two-storey field station for investigation ofbuilding envelope performance in the coastal climate of British Columbia”.Proceedings of the symposium inBuilding Physics. Leuven, Belgium, October.

23.   Ge, H. and Y. Ye (2007).“Investigation of ventilation drying of rainscreen walls in the coastal climateof British Columbia”. Proceedings of ThermalPerformance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings X, 2007. ASHRAE,Florida.

24.   Yang, X., S. Vera, J.Rao, H. Ge, and P. Fazio (2007). “Full-scale experimental investigation ofmoisture buffering effect and indoor moisture distribution”. Proceedings of Thermal Performance of theExterior Envelopes of Buildings X, 2007. ASHRAE, Florida.

25.   Vera, S., X. Yang, J.Rao, H. Ge, and P. Fazio. (2007). “Moisture interaction between the buildingenvelope and indoor environment: experimental setup and preliminary results”. Proceedings of 12th Symposium for Building Physics, Dresden, Germany. March 2007.

26.   Ge, H. and R. Krpan(2007). “Field measurement of wind-driven rain on a campus building in thecostal climate of BC”, the 11thNational Building Science and Technology Conference.

27.   Fazio, P., Rao, J., Alturkistani,A., Ge, H. (2006), “Large scale experimental investigation of the relativedrying capacity of building envelope panels of various configurations”, Proceedings of the Third InternationalConference in building Physics (IBPC3), Montreal August 27 to 31.

28.   Candanedo, L., Ge, H.,Derome, D., Fazio, P. (2006), “Analysis of Montreal 30-year weather data toselect loading conditions for large-scale tests on wall panel systems”, Third International Conference inbuilding Physics (IBPC3), Montreal, August 27-31.

29.  Ge, H., and P. Fazio (2004).Evaluation of overall performance of metal curtain walls by large-scaletesting. Proceedings of ThermalPerformance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings IX, Dec. 2004,ASHRAE, Florida.

30.  Ge, H., and P. Fazio (2004).Study on Performance of an Advanced Metal Curtain Wall System. Proceeding of International Conference onBuilding Envelope Science and Technology (ICBEST), Sydney, Australia,March 31-April 2.

31.  Ge, H., and P. Fazio (2003).Experimentally Establishing Local Convection Film Coefficients for A StandardMetal Curtain Wall System. Proceedings of2nd International Conference on Research in Building Physics,Belgium, Leuven, Sept. 2003, pp. 225-232.

32.  Ge, H., and P. Fazio (2002).Evaluation of Critical Factors Affecting the Thermal Performance of MetalCurtain Walls by Simulations. Proceedingsof eSim 2002, Montreal, pp.112-119.

33.  Ge, H., P. Fazio and J.W. Rao(2001). Experimental Study of Temperature Distribution Across Two Curtain WallSystems. Proceedings of ThermalPerformance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings VIII, ASHRAE,Florida.

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