August 2020 Newsletter


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The University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab in Boise [IDL] is dedicated to the development of high-performing energy efficient buildings in the Intermountain West. This is approached through research, education and outreach efforts with students, owners, and professional design and construction teams to transform design practice and keep pace with technologies, materials and methods of construction that best meet the needs of building owners and society in general. Those who utilize the resources available through the IDL will design and construct buildings that are more comfortable for people, follow best practice design approaches, require less energy to maintain and operate, and enhance the health and productivity of inhabitants.

Check out our new website!

We have launched our new website! Please visit and check out all the changes we have made. Please note that if you had an account with us previously you will need to recreate your account. We will be adding more content to our website this year starting with a new BSUG Blog to follow up on past topics presented. We will be posting about Autodesk's Insight program, Parametric modeling and analysis, and How to create your own weather data for energy simulations. In addition, we will begin migrating content from the BSUG 2.0 website to our main site So stay tuned for updates as we adjust our digital content!

The Integrated Design Lab's office, The Idaho Water Center, will remain closed until we are directed by the President of the University that it is safe to open up in-person operations. Therefore, during social distancing the IDL will be working remotely and providing what services we can. For a list of our services available during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please see below. This is subject to change at any time as we adhere to social distance requirements from our multiple sponsors.

Virtual Lunch and Learns now available! We are sorry that we can't bring you lunch but you can still earn learning units. To request a virtual lunch and learn: Click Here
In addition, we will presenting Lunch and Learn topics in a open-ended format where anyone can attend by registering.
BSUG August 2020 - Utilizing Grasshopper and Ladybug in the design process. The format of this lecture and all lectures for the rest of the year will be online webinar.
We will still be giving away door prizes for attendees but will be unable to provide lunch, we apologize for this. Door prizes winners must reside in the Idaho Power service territory.
We are still offering our services for projects during this time, however, all requests must be through email or phone. Furthermore, all meetings will done via Zoom webinar, no exceptions. To request technical design assistance please fill out a request form:Click Here
As part of Idaho Power's new construction verification program the Integrated Design Lab reviews all projects applying for the daylight harvesting incentive. To request a review please fill out a review request:Click Here
We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the Energy Resource Library. However, we now have developed a contact-less drop-off and pick-up procedures to resume our normal operations with the exception that the library is by appointment only. You must have an appointment scheduled to use the Energy Resource Library, no exceptions will be made.

To use the Energy Resource Library, please fill out a proposal as you normally would and you will be contacted by a Lab employee to schedule your appointment within 1 to 2 business days. During this time same day request will not be fulfilled. While the Lab has made exceptions to the processing time in the past with these new procedures we are unable to do so, we apologize for the inconvenience. For more information about using the Energy Resource Library, please visit:
alt_textPlease join us in welcoming two new employees; Tais and Kelsey

Tais graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and is pursuing a masters degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho in Boise. He is working as a graduate research assistant with IDL with a primary research focus on cellulosic 3d printing for modular building assemblies. Outside of his studies, Tais enjoys skiing, hiking, and general outdoor recreation.

Kelsey is a first year, graduate architecture student at the University of Idaho Boise campus.  Coming from a background in Geosciences, she has built a love and appreciation for the built environment, both naturally and anthropomorphically designed. Kelsey strongly believes in the culture that has shaped Boise's growth thus far and wants to be a part of that growth going forward.
August 11th - Open Lunch and Learn - Noon

Designing features of decoupled buildings. Sizing VRF and heat pump systems for Idaho's climates. Including ERVs with DOAS.

To Register:Click Here

Integrated Design Lab

The Water Center, 322 East Front Street