The 8th edition of the Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH 2020) International Conference will be held in the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 3rd – 5th 2020. ZEMCH encourages participation of researchers, scholars, manufacturers, policy makers, graduate students and general stakeholders tackling issues arising in the delivery of socially, economically, environmentally and humanly sustainable built environments, which accommodate people with different socio-economic backgrounds in developed and developing countries.Read More
University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction at the University of Alberta, and a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of lean manufacturing, construction process optimization, CO2 emission quantification, and building information modelling (BIM), with the development of modular and offsite construction technologies and practices forming the hub of his research.
Carleton University, Canada
Liam O’Brien, Ph.D., P.Eng. is an Associate Professor for Carleton University’s Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program. He is the principal investigator of the Human Building Interaction Lab, which consists of a team of 12 researchers with diverse backgrounds in engineering, architecture, and psychology. His team is developing occupant-centric design processes, building code, and controls for high-performance buildings. He has authored over 130 publications and two books on this topic. He is the co-Operating Agent of IEA EBC Annex 79: Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation and the past president of the Canadian chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association.
University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Masa Noguchi is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, specialising in "Environmental Experience Design (EXD)" research that embraces value analysis and mass customisation techniques applied to architectural design decision-making process. In parallel to EXD studies, he also initiated global movement on zero energy mass custom home (ZEMCH) and vertical village/subdivision plug-in housing system research and development for future-proof city evolution. Dr Noguchi is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. In 2002, he also became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and today, he serves as a Certified Passive House Designer registered with the Passive House Institute in Germany. Dr Noguchi is the founding coordinator of ZEMCH Network (www.zemch.org) which consists of over 750 partners from nearly 45 countries and developed a series of industry-academia knowledge transfer events. ZEMCH international conferences (from 2012), ZEMCH sustainable design workshops (from 2014) and ZEMCH technical missions (from 2006) are amongst the projects being organised by ZEMCH Network today in partnership with the regional experts centres based currently in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Korea, UAE and UK. At the Melbourne School of Design, he leads ZEMCH engineering design courses within the graduate program. Before coming to Melbourne, he was a Reader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art affiliated with the University of Glasgow, where he established a ZEMCH pathway within the Master of Architectural Studies program. His research is based on ZEMCH engineering design and socially, economically, environmentally and humanly sustainable housing community developments in global contexts. Inventing a "mass custom design" system approach to quality affordable housing, he developed a digitalised interactive mass custom design communication tool, which was demonstrated in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon's Canadian house 2005. In 2006, he designed Canada's first near net zero energy home - Alouette Homes' EcoTerra house - built and commercialised through the federal government's EQuilibrium sustainable housing initiative/competition in 2007. Moreover, he also contributed to Scottish and Brazilian ZEMCH construction projects. Serving as the editorial board member of over 15 journals, Dr Noguchi stresses the need for EXD research and practice in built environments for the occupants' physical and mental health and well-being.