Donna Vakalis

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Background

I came here after doing a Masters of Architecture and working for 3 years on sustainable building projects. There I learned that the most compelling built environment solutions often require a smart mix of new and old. In our research group, we use vetted techniques (e.g.,building science knowledge) with new tools (e.g., environmental sensors) and nuanced reasoning to move the needle forward on occupant health and wellbeing.

Research Interests

In my PhD research and beyond I want to help the occupants of buildings have better health and learning outcomes. I am working with survey data from social housing occupants and conducting a review of the evidence basis for IEQ LEED credits in schools.

Projects

IEQ in Social Housing
IEQ and School Performance
IEQ and Cognitive Function

Publications

Diaz Lozano Patiño E, Vakalis D, Touchie, M, Tzekova, E, Siegel JA. 2018. Thermal Comfort in Multi-Unit Social Housing Buildings. Building and Environment, 144, 230-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.08.024. Summary

 

Scholarships

  • OGS-GSST
  • ASHRAE Grant-in-aid
  • NSERC PGS-D
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Personal Web Site:  http://www.thisisdonna.com