January 2022 - Newsletter


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The University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab in Boise is dedicated to education, outreach, and technical support for high performance energy-efficient building design.

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The Integrated Design Lab's office, The Idaho Water Center, is still closed to the public until we are directed it is safe to open up in-person operations. Therefore, during social distancing the IDL will be working in-office 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.

We are going to start our Lunch and Learn lecture program in March 2022.
We are looking to start the first half of BSUG this March, 2022.
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
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. For more information about using the Energy Resource Library, please visit: http://www.idlboise.com/about-erl

2021 - What did we do?

The IDL received over $750,000 in funding in 2021 including grants from Idaho Power, IGEM, NSF, OEMR, and others. We have several new research projects and grants were starting this year, 2022, that we are excited to share with you!

New Employees


Please join us in welcoming two new employees; Joseph and Mallory!

Mallory has spent the last 12 years working in corporate benefits and wellness. She recently moved from Austin to pursue architecture after volunteering with homeless and other institutionalized housing facilities empowered her to find alternate solutions within sustainable design.

Joseph is a first year graduate student in the architecture program. He comes to architecture from the field of medicine and hopes to create healthy spaces (both physically and mentally) with the idea that structures can be functional, beautiful, and most importantly, safe.

Jump into STEM Award


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Two of our graduate students, Jason Talford and Tais Mitchel have won the Jump into STEM award.

"As part of our independent study, we entered the Jump into STEM and answered their challenge of providing equal access to healthy indoor air. For our submission we were inspired by a window mount device built by BSU professor Brian Wiley, that we dubbed Easiair. Originally designed to provide clean air during wildfire season, the device uses an inline fan to bring fresh air in through a HEPA grade shopvac filter. We found the device to be a remarkably simple with several IAQ implications beyond its intended function. It is expected that the device can reduce CO2 buildup from indoor sources, remove airborne particulates from the outside air, and reverse infiltration through the building envelope. This last item is important as it prevents contaminants such as mold, radon, and pathogens from entering the home. The corner stone of this competition and the Easiair design is to provide health indoor air to those that disproportionally lack access to it. The Easiair answers this by providing a holistic solution that can be built with cheap and readily available parts and has no installation costs, making it perfect for renters and low-income houses. By being selected as a winner for one of their challenge tracks, I have the opportunity to present in their final competition for the grand prize of a 10-week paid internship at one of 3 national laboratories."

AIA Award


Even though she was recently hired, Mallory is already making waves by being a recipient of the AIA Central Scholarship.
At its annual Christmas Social and Scholarship Awards night, held on December 9, 2021 at the University of Idaho Legacy Pointe Rm, AIA Central Idaho awarded scholarships to three deserving students from the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, Boise. Dwaine Carver was present to announce the names of the recipients.


Alumni Excellence Award


Kelsey Ramsey has been recognized for the Alumni Excellence Award by Professor Dwaine Carver.
The Alumni Award for Excellence program recognizes the University of Idaho’s distinguished scholars. Each fall faculty, staff and administrators from colleges and departments nominate seniors at the undergraduate level, third-year College of Law students and graduate students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation; campus and community leadership and involvement, or leaders in the classroom, laboratory, campus and community.

Printimber is offical!

Using bio-based material for the future.


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Nonrenewable resources underpin our country’s critical infrastructure and as a result, many of our renewable resources are underutilized or wasted. The current housing economy operates on a model that damages the environment rather than a circular one that coexists with it. For example, buildings emit more than one-third of greenhouse gases globally and lumber mills producing housing construction materials currently convert only 40% of wood volume to lumber, leaving the remainder to be disposed of.

Net-Zero Class - Arch 404/504

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What does it take to get a house to net-zero carbon emissions? Are solar panels the only answer, and how much will that cost? Buildings use more energy than either the transportation or manufacturing industries, but their environmental impact is often overlooked. This class will blend architecture and engineering to reveal the biggest sources of energy consumption, the technologies that are held up as the solution, and the underlying economics of using and producing energy.

Students will learn energy modeling tools to calculate a building’s energy needs and estimate the resources required of the site meet those demands. Coursework will include applying low-energy methods for improving thermal and visual comfort within a space using both passive and active technologies. At the end of the semester, students will have the skills required to estimate annual energy bills and the knowledge of how to integrate renewable energy sources into a building’s design.

Power over Ethernet Project Candidates


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The IDL is trying to identify a site in Idaho Power territory that is installing Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting. PoE can be configured to work with many low-wattage LEDs and can be addressed by IP for individual control. The PoE infrastructure also increases safety and flexibility by using low-wattage cables that do not require an electrician to re-wire. The IDL will function as an independent third party to assess the savings potential of PoE versus high-voltage LED and LLLC combinations.
If you know of a PoE project we want to hear about it!

Integrated Design Lab

The Water Center, 322 East Front Street