Research on the application of passive/natural systems in buildings

Mehdi Azizkhani is a Doctoral Candidate and researcher at the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. In collaboration with Professor Jeff Haberl, he is conducting research on the application of passive/natural systems in buildings in the US to find opportunities/challenges that could increase/reduce the frequency of their use on a national scale. The incorporation of natural/passive systems in buildings is in line with programs such as Architecture 2030 Challenge. Such programs can reduce the energy consumption of buildings, the associated cost, and preserve our natural resources for future generations.

As part of the current study, Mahdi is conducting a survey on the use of passive/natural systems. The purpose of this survey is to obtain a more accurate perception of the practice of passive system design and implementation across different disciplines in the building industry to better measure the following:

  • The factors influencing the increase/reduction of the use of passive/natural systems in buildings
  • The design tools being used for passive design
  • The most and lease recurring types of passive/natural system strategies
  • The importance of incorporating passive/natural system strategies in a practical design process with respect to their integration with mechanical systems

Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated. The opinions of professionals like you are an important component to better understand the current practice in the building industry across the country.

This link will direct you to a survey with 20 questions that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey has been approved by the Texas A&M Institutional Review Board (IRB ID: IRB2018-0262/Ref. Number: 074600). If you receive the link from other organizations, please take the survey only once. Your responses to the survey questions will be kept confidential and the results of the survey will be sent back to you at the end of the research study.

Please take the survey: