Associate Professor Ihab Elzeyadi's focus on architecture that provide high environmental quality for its occupants directs his research into high performance building design and evaluation, architecture for health and well-being, and design guidelines for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and multi-comfort dynamic building design. He engages students in hands-on research and design explorations in design studios, seminars, and courses in environmental control systems and high performance building design. Elzeyadi is the founder and director of the UO High Performance Environments Laboratory (HiPE) and the Façade Integrated Technologies testing facility (FIT). Both are top class award winning facilities that provide research and consulting services for the building industry, commercial clients, private and public entities.
Dr. Elzeyadi has been engaged in the design, construction, and research of high-performance buildings for more than 25 years. He has conducted post-occupancy evaluations and building performance assessments of more than 100 buildings, 50 of them are LEED™ and LBC rated. In addition, Dr. Elzeyadi has conducted grant-supported research on the relationship between people and buildings including impacts of the physical environment on health, productivity, and well-being as they relate to sustainable design strategies in commercial and educational environments. His studies produced evidence-based design guidelines and design-assistance services on various commercial projects with an emphasis on energy and resource effective design. He just completed a number of research projects investigating cost and financial benefits of green and LEED™ educational environments, livable communities’ physical infra-structure, and the Green Classroom Toolbox Project for energy retrofits of existing schools. Professor Elzeyadi recently received the I3 research award (Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiative) for his collaboration with Neuroscience to uncover the complex relationship between lighting type and quality on occupants’ brain functions and stress modulation. He is currently applying this research to the creation of evidence-based design guidelines for occupants’ multi-comfort in commercial buildings, including offices, schools, and hospitals health care settings.
Dr. Elzeyadi has received research commendation awards and best paper awards from multiple organizations including Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Ford Foundation, World Academy for Design and Health, the International Facility Management Association, King Abdullah City of Science and Technology (KACST) and the Environmental Design Research Association. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Research and acts as a paper reviewer for the journals Environmental Psychology, Building Research Information, and the International Solar Energy Society. His publications appeared in multiple journals and proceedings including Greenbuild, Design and Health Journal, and the Architectural Research Center Consortium.
Elzeyadi is the past-president of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), a past-member to the USGBC Research Advisory Committee, Past-Chair of USGBC, Thought and Leadership in Research working group, and a current member of the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), and Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (OR BEST).