Ike Arzoumanian (Year 2 CivE) and her team wins 2023 Sustainable Building Challenge

Ike Arzoumanian (CivE 2T5) -left, Eliany Rodriguez, Javeriya Hasan smiling and showing their certificates.
Left to right: Ike Arzoumanian (Year 2 CivE), Eliany Rodriguez (Daniels Faculty of Architecture) and Javeriya Hasan (Building Science PhD candidate, TMU) (photo by Ike Arzoumanian).
Participants of the Sustainable Building Challenge are standing in front of the project presentations. Three people in the center, Javeriya Hasan, Ike Arzoumanian and Eliany Rodriguez, are holding the certificates and smiling.
Javeriya Hasan, Ike Arzoumanian and Eliany Rodriguez (in the center) among judges at the closing ceremony (photo by SBN)

Ike Arzoumanian, a second-year Civil Engineering student, was part of a multidisciplinary team of three people to win first place at the Sustainable Buildings Challenge. The winning trio includes Eliany Rodriguez, a fourth-year architecture student and Javeriya Hasan, a PhD candidate in Building Science at Toronto Metropolitan University.

The competition challenged undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada to work on retrofitting one of Mattamy Homes’ proposed building designs for the Milton Education Village to make the buildings more sustainable. Teams had to choose one of the many topics to focus their project on. Ike’s team worked on improving the building’s indoor living quality and energy efficiency; they used energy and daylight simulations to identify ideal combinations of sunlight entry and envelope formation. Within a week, they had to come up with a solution and present the project to the judges. 

The event hosted several panels for participants, with industry representatives and CivMin Professors Sarah Haines and Seungjae Lee. The 2023 Sustainable Buildings Challenge was organized by Sustainable Buildings Network (SBN) – an association of undergraduate and graduate students interested in sustainable building and building energy-related fields. The SBN creates a collaborative environment to bring together building-focused sustainability groups across campuses.

By Galina Nikitina