Robert J. Ries

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

Ph. D. in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
MS in Architecture Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
B. Arch, Pratt Institute, 1982

Areas of Focus: 
Sustainability (Building Energy, Building Materials, Built Environment Resilience, Renewable Energy, Smart Buildings/Cities Sustainable Architecture and Design, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Technology)
The spatial dimensions of work range from assessing indoor environmental quality in spaces to modeling water resources regionally to modeling the potential for ground-level ozone formation nationally. The dimensions of interest range from the health and performance of people, life cycle pollution generation and resources, and life cycle financial performance, sometimes all at once, based on a foundation of ethics. Research indicates that of the range of environmental impacts we generally consider in sustainability and resilience, biodiversity has been impacted to the greatest extent, and in my opinion, biodiversity impact is an under-appreciated environmental impact of the built environment.

Special Fields Green Building, Sustainable Development, Life Cycle Assessment in the Construction Process Employers University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, Brooklyn Design and Fabrication AC3D Architectural Firm Publications More than 80 publications in the area of life cycle assessment and optimization, green building construction, and environmental impact assessment of buildings.

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