The Department of Architectural Engineering at KOU Held a National Workshop Entitled "Sustainable Building Strategies"

On Wednesday, 8/12/2021, the Department of Architectureal Engineering (DARE) at Koya University (KOU) held a national workshop entitled "Sustainable Building Strategie". The aim of this workshop is to present the approach to explore the passive and active strategies to increase thermal comfort and indoor air quality while minimizing energy consumption during the design or the renovation of the existing buildings.

This workshop was conducted by several members of the Sustainable Building Research Program (SBRP) in the research center of the Faculty of Engineering (FENG). This workshop was carried out by six researchers:

  1. Dr. Chro Ali
  2. Dr. Wezha Hawez
  3. Dr. Rasti Dlshad
  4. Mrs. Didar Salam
  5. Mr. Nawzad Kakamand
  6. Mr. Hawre Muhammad

The sustainable building/green building is an outcome of a design philosophy that focuses on increasing the efficiency of resources such as energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle. A building is designed to be ecologically correct by using resources efficiently, using internal recycling, renewable energy sources, recyclable or biodegradable construction materials, and blending in with the local environment, particularly in out-of-town locations.

The goal of the workshop is to increase the awarness towards decreasing the negative effects of the buildings on the environment and providing thermal comfort in the indoor environment in one hand, and minimizing energy consumption by taking advantage of renewable energy such as solar and wind energies on the other hand. We also try to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in the indoor building environment which will certainly have a beneficial health effect on the users of the building. All of these are some strategies toward sustainable buildings.

The workshop was held in presence of the preasident of Koya University, Vice Presidents, Dean of the FENG and the Head of the Research Center at the FENG.

Wali Hamad; KOU


Koya University (KOU) is located in the city of Koya (Koy Sanjaq) which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature. . There are 4 Faculties and 2 Schools in KOU; Faculty of Engineering (FENG), Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH), Faculty of Education (FEDU), Faculty of Humanities and Social Silences (FHSS), Shcool of Physical Education (SPHE) and School of Medicine (SMED). Also, there are two research centers; Genome Center and Malai Gawra Center. Moreover, at KOU there is an English Language Center (BELC) at KOU has been opened with the sponsorship of IREX and American embassy in Baghdad as well as with the support of Spring International Language Center of The University of ArkansasKOU has two Scientific Journals; ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, which is indexed by Clarivate Analytics (ESCI), and Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (KUJHSS). KOU is a proactive member of Erasmus/ Marhaba Project and Erasmus+. KOU signed many Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with many International Universities, e.g., The University of Arkansas (June 2015). The Lulea University in Sweden (April 2014), The University of Nottingham in the UKThe University of Buckingham in the UK (Oct 2008), Belkin University in Turkey (Sep 2009) The University of Greenwich in the UK, Cihan University-Erbil (2021) and Tishk International University (2021).


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