Through the leadership of Runddy Ramilo, IDA in collaboration with prestigious research universities in Australia and ArcLab a research group created by IDA, is doing a research focused in sustainable design through the use of new digital technologies. Its primary objective is to create a think thank which will evoke a cross dialogue of academicians, masters and PhD scholars. Combining their expertise in different field of architecture and design will develop a research culture and develop a new knowledge or a new paradigm.
On this area of research, IDA is focused on sustainable design in the tropics specifically developing new knowledge, processes and tools for turning spatial concepts and ideas into material and physical prototypes to address the challenges faced in creating buildings that are reactive intelligent and adaptive filters (bio-climatic skins) for regulating light, ventilation and thermal comfort with utmost energy efficiency.
In collaboration with research universities, IDA is currently doing a research about “Building Engineered for Tropics: Real-time Thermal Performance Evaluation in Confluence with Digital and Smart Technologies” . Increasing concerns about global warming of the building industry with a challenge to cut its energy consumption, this research will provide a better understanding of the different methods of thermal performance evaluation and will evaluate the gap between actual and expected performance by using three methods that are real time field measurement, building performance simulation tool and smart technology, resulting to improved design ways and evaluation processes of building engineered for tropics or naturally ventilated building. This study will provide information that can be used either in design stage of the project or post construction thermal performance evaluation to improve building design in the tropics using the specific variables, spatial, air velocity, ventilation, building materials, outdoor and indoor climate context.
Addressing the relationship between buildings and their environment will strengthen IDA’s capacity in the next stage of development of sustainable buildings. The significance of this research lies in the development of a deeper understanding of application of digital and smart technologies for thermal performance evaluation.