Center for Integrated Design

Annual Report
2017-2018


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Today, more than ever, our world needs research and data-driven decision-making. We appreciate our work with you during this unprecedented time of opportunity to help shape a healthy, productive built environment for current and future generations.

Letter from the Directors

This year we are reflecting on significant progress on many fronts. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the region and thank you for taking the time to reflect on our progress in 2018.

The UW Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) advances our mission through interconnected research, technical assistance, and professional educational programs; working through multiple market-channels and underpinned by long-term strategic relationships with influential professionals in the building and energy efficiency industries. As a self-sustaining arm of the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments (UW CBE), the UW IDL leverages the teaching, research, and public service missions of the UW to disseminate knowledge that serves the region’s future.

The UW IDL has become a nationally recognized model for connecting leading practices with research and demonstration, focused on bringing solutions to rapidly emerging challenges specific to the Puget Sound Region. In this report we detail activities that have made these critical relationships possible including:

• Launching innovative new programs and policies at the municipal scale.

• Delivering educational programs and experiences that form the next generation of leaders in the building industry.

• Providing technical assistance to projects that have generated significant utility conservation incentives.

• Being recognized with national awards for building projects that achieve exceptional energy performance targets and serve as a model for future buildings and practices.

• Working to build a bridge between the AEC industry and academia to foster research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Often when presenting the Lab’s work at conferences or in meetings away from our home in the Pacific Northwest, people remark on the innovative work that is happening in our region. All of this is possible through the support of the robust energy efficiency ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. We would like to take a moment to thank those individuals and organizations that make our work possible including the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE), the City of Seattle, our Puget Sound-regional utility partners, the AEC teams that bring us into their process, and our Advisory Board, which is helping us expand beyond our traditional boundaries.

We look forward to a bright future of expanded collaboration, innovation, and an ever-better built environment for our region.

-Christopher Meek and Heather Burpee

Read more in our 2017-2018 Annual Report

Previous Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report.