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New links to the CERES Education Program at Ball State Uni.

A few more Vital Signs related links.
Berkeley's Arch 249X
Vital Signs@ASU,
U. of Idaho's case studies

Four more case studies from University of Idaho is up and running. Check them out!
-Chapel of St. Ignatius
-Frye Art Museum
-Henry Art Gallery
-NW Federal Credit Union

A copy of 1999 Vital Signs project grant proposal to Department of Energy is available for download. Please click here.

New Case Studies from Vital Signs Equipment Loan Program
We've updated  our case study library.
Check it out!

New Case Studies from University of Washington 
APEGBC Canada,
UW Suzzallo Library,
Magnolia Public Library,
UW Law Library, and
Bellevue Public Library

New Case Studies from University of Oregon
Emerald People's Utility District

The Vital Signs Curriculum Materials Project addresses a secret life of buildings, one related to physical performance. Think of a building that has been a source of architectural inspiration for you. How much do you know about the physical environment it creates? Its amenities as viewed from an occupant's perspective? The energy it consumes?

These questions are addressed by the Vital Signs Project, a curriculum materials development effort funded by the Energy Foundation, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the National Science Foundation. The Project is coordinated through the Center for Environmental Design Research at the University of California, Berkeley, with great support from members of the Society of Building Science Educators. The project encourages architecture students to examine architectural, lighting, and mechanical systems in existing buildings with attention to energy use, occupant well-being, and architectural spacemaking. We've been developing a set of measurement techniques, often involving novel approaches, to reveal operating patterns in the complex environment of contemporary buildings.

These techniques are included in the Vital Signs curriculum materials which are organized as modular Resource Packages addressing physical building performance issues. The Vital Signs materials encourage students to apply these investigation techniques in Building Case Studies or "Work Ups" that involve the field evaluation of existing buildings. In this process, existing buildings serve as settings for student investigation and offer interesting lessons on the success and failure of various design methods. The approach has a number of benefits. The personal experience students gain in performing the evaluations contributes to their experiential knowledge base at a formative time. Analysis of data collected in the field and the comparison of these data to values given by simulation tools also provide a foundation for understanding the more abstract tools and standards used by designers in practice. Finally, students can share these experiences with other students and schools in the form of written case studies.

The pages at this web site describe the project in further detail and provide a path to the materials we've developed. Come take a look.

The Vital Signs Web Site


Find out more about the Vital Signs Project.


View the resources developed by the Project to help architecture students study buildings.

Explore the events and activities sponsored by the Vital Signs Project.

Case Studies
Read showcase examples of student field investigations and discover seed ideas that will inspire you to perform studies of your own.


Search this entire site for any topic, name, event, or other keyword.

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Created: 06/30/97
Revised: 09/09/02