For over thirty years, CAPLA has led the nation in research on building and site energy performance and solutions using high-tech systems and low-tech devices toward resource efficiency. In the next five years, CAPLA will expand this concentration in the following areas: 1) affordable design-build houses, 2) expansion of energy audits and retrofits by the existing Energy Doctor Program, 3) development of a new wind tunnel for modeling envelope integrity of buildings, 4) demonstrate the value of sustainable buildings and landscapes through measurable performance standards, and 5) guide future growth through policy on land protection, energy use and community planning.

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2014 | "A study and analysis of the effect of Natural ventilation on housing in Hot and Humid Climate", International Sustainable Built Environment Conference, 28‐30 January 2014, Intercontinental Doha, Doha, Qatar.

  • Chalfoun, N.C. and Abboushi, B. 2014  | "Improving Building Energy Efficiency and Daylight Performance Through the Use of Adaptive Shading and Selective Reflector Light Shelf (SRL)."  Journal of Architecture and Planning, Vol 52, pp. 105-119, Riyadh, July (2014/1435H.)

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2013  | “A Method for Greening University Campus Buildings While Fostering Hands-on Inquiry-Based Students' Learning", the 6th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2013, July 9-12, 2013 ~ Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2012 | with Abboushi, B | Effects of Dynamic Shading, and Window to Wall Ratio on Daylight and Consumption in Office Buildings Energy Forum on Building Skin, Bressanone, Italy December 5–8

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2012 | with Al-Hassawi, O. | Designing Thermally Comfortable Outdoor Spaces for Mosques in Hot Arid Regions: A Case Study of the Jawharatul Islam Mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. University of British Columbia, Vancouver January 10–12

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2012 | The Sunset Farm: A Sustainable Community Development that Demonstrates Low-Carbon Footprint, Net-zero Energy, and Solar Technologies Used for Climate Mitigations Benefits Adaptation Future International Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2011 | Investigating the Role of Exterior Cavity Walls in Improving Building Envelope Thermal Performance through Real-time Data Monitoring and Simulation American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Conference, Raleigh NC May 17–21

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2011 | with others | Using Computer Simulation as a Tool to Develop a Net-Zero Energy Code for Tucson, Arizona Building Simulation 2011, Sydney Australia, November 14–16

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2011 | with others | Using Energy Simulation and Real-Time Monitoring to Investigate Thermal Performance of Exterior Cavity Walls Building Simulation 2011, Sydney Australia, November 14–16

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2011 | Performative Architecture, LEED© and Beyond Ekotectura, Bogota Columbia, October

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2010 |  Cooltowers: Integrate Passive Cooling for Buildings an Spaces in the Arid Southwest ASES National Solar Conference, Phoenix AZ May 17-22

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2010 | PASSIVE AND ACTIVE: A Sustainable Single Family Residence in Tubac, Arizona Accepted abstract for presentation at the 2010 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu HI January 13–16

  • Chalfoun, Nader 2010 |  Sustainable Design and the LEED© Certification Process Ekotectura Bogota Columbia, May

  • Stoltz, Ronald R., “Integrating Sites and Structures’ invited presentation at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Utah State University, Logan Utah , October, 201

  • Hardin, Mary, 2012 | with Chalfoun, N. and Drachman Institute Conservation Technologies for Affordable Housing: Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation, Final Civano Demonstration Grant Report, December

  • Dickinson, Susannah, 2013 | Urban Land Ethics in the Information Age: Exploring Sustainable Strategies for the Built Environment Aldo Leopold and Sustainability Anthology, William Forbes and Teressa Trusty, editors, University of Wisconsin Press. (forthcoming)

  • Dickinson, Susannah 2013 | Balance in Control: The Case of an Urban Design Studio at the University of Arizona IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 7, Issue 1 (forthcoming March 2013).

  • Dickinson, Susannah 2013 | with Gonzalez, D. and Szostek, K. Isomorphic City: a customizable future scenario SIMAUD 2013, the 4th Annual Symposium on Simulation on Architecture and Urban Design, Conference Proceedings (forthcoming April 2013).

  • Dickinson, Susannah 2013 | Biomimetic Performance ARCC 2013, The Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference, ‘The Visibility of Research,’ Conference Proceedings (forthcoming March 2013)

  • Dickinson, Susannah 2012 | Sustainable Design Processes PLEA 2012 (Passive and Low Energy Architecture), 28th International PLEA Conference, ‘Opportunities, Limits and Needs: Towards an environmentally responsible architecture,’ Conference Proceedings.

  • Pivo, G., Energy Efficiency and its Relationship to Household Income in Multifamily Rental Housing, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C. Published by Fannie Mae with executive commentary. Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise chartered by Congress to strengthen US housing and mortgage markets. Also in review for publication by the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

  • Hammer J., McCullough, M, Goldstein, I, Pivo G., The Triple Bottom Line Tool, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Washington, D.C. This is an innovative, online tool to help weigh the benefits of economic development projects using the triple bottom line model for the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. The team was led by Portland State University and also included experts from the Reinvestment Fund and Policy Map.

  • Pivo, G., The Effect of Transportation, Location, and Affordability Related Sustainability Features on Mortgage Default Prediction and Risk in Multifamily Rental Housing, Fannie Mae Working Paper, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C. In review for publication by Fannie Mae.

  • Pivo, G., The Definition of Affordable Housing: Concerns and Related Evidence. Fannie Mae Working Paper, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C. In review for publication by Fannie Mae.

  • Pavao-Zuckerman, M. Livingston, M., Smith, S. and Stoltz R. 2010. Evaluating the performance of model green roofs in a semi-arid urban ecosystem. 95th Annual ESA Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA