UMASS Green Building Expert wins generous award to develop an analysis tool to better guide sustainable development.

UMASS Green Building Expert wins generous award to develop an analysis tool to better guide sustainable development. 

Simi Hoque calls the new approach Integrated Urban Metabolism Analytical Tool (IUMAT) with the purpose of preventing unintended consequences from implementing sustainable methods based on anecdotal evidence without considering the unique environmental conditions relevant to each project. Hoque notes, as an example, "the neighboring town built a green roof and it was a great success for storm water management, so let's build more green roofs in our town. But that city and this one may not be the same at all."

Simi Hoque teaches UMASS courses in environmental control systems and sustainable design principles and conducts research in building energy modeling and optimization. Learn more.