We are KPMB’s research group.

Through a series of research projects, speculative design proposals, and lecture series, the LAB works to integrate new ideas and skills into our professional practice.

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We’re using fluid dynamics to understand urban microclimate.

With support from the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship program, KPMB is working with Ryerson University building science researchers to develop a suite of analysis tools that allow us to understand the micro-climate of a building site. With this understanding, we can incorporate climate considerations into our design process from the earliest concepts forward through detailed design. The result is higher performance designs, lower environmental impact, and optimized comfort inside and out.

We’re leading the conversation on next-generation building facades.

Facades+ is partnering with KPMB Architects to bring their conference to Canada for the first time this fall. KPMB Director of Innovation Geoffrey Turnbull and KPMB Senior Associate David Constable will be co-hosting the event in Toronto on October 11, 2019. For the full line-up of panel discussions and workshops, visit the event site, here.

We’re endorsing Passive House.

Recognizing the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the rapidly shifting regulatory environment in which our projects are realized, KPMB has endorsed the Passive House building standard as a benchmark certification for next-generation projects. We have launched an ambitious professional development program to cultivate significant PH expertise in-house. We currently have three CPHDs on staff and half-dozen more in the pipe.

We’re helping indigenous communities design healthy, sustainable homes.

KPMB and Two Row Architect are partnering with Fort Severn First Nation to generate new ideas for on-reserve housing as part of the National Research Council of Canada’s Path to Healthy Homes program.

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