Tool Day 2017

Sun, Jul 02 - Sun, Jul 02
John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

John Hope Gateway
Edinburgh, Scotland July 2, 2017

RBGE entry via the John Hope Gateway

Edinburgh Tool Day will explore the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This award-winning building was designed and constructed with numerous green features, including an east-west orientation for solar control, exterior overhangs and sunscreens for shading windows, carbon sequestering materials to help optimize building energy performance, low or no-water landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, stormwater collection, a green roof, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and a wind turbine. The building is a featured case study in The Green Studio Handbook, 2nd edition.

This intensive Tool Day workshop offered architects, engineers, builders, facility operators, educators, and students a hands-on experience in the use of relatively low-cost instrumentation (coupled with a structured methodology) to better understand building system and component performance. Participants learn appropriate use of the instrumentation and methods to facilitate building performance investigations. Tool Day efforts focus on the development of a case study that can be used as a model for future investigations.

AIA CES credit (7cr) is available.

Tool Day participants will:

  1. Gain experience in the use of several types of portable instrumentation
  2. Engage in Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) investigations in an innovative building
  3. Get to see a really cool building from a range of different perspectives
  4. Spend a day in a beautiful botanic garden

Cost: no cost

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) members, university students and educators, and professional architects and engineers are encouraged to participate.

Event Coordination

Organized by:

  • Alison Kwok, University of Oregon;
  • Bruce Haglund, University of Idaho;
  • Walter Grondzik, Ball State University.


Edinburgh Tool Day is a free pre-PLEA2017 workshop sponsored by SBSE, but registration is required. Space is limited to the first 20 people to register.

To register go to our Eventbrite site.

The John Hope Gateway is located on Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5NZ. Participants will meet in the Gateway's upper floor Patrick Geddes Room at 10:00am when the Garden opens. One of our workshop assistants will meet you there and escort you to the Geddes Room.

Participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers, digital cameras, smartphones (with an illuminance meter app installed, perhaps), USB flash drives, and lunch money. 7 AIA/CES credits are available.

  • Equipment (tools): provided
  • Date: 2 July 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm (garden closes at 6pm)
  • Transportation to site: provide your own
  • Lunch: no-host working lunches*

* There are three nice dining venues in the Garden: John Hope Gateway Restaurant (next to the Geddes Room), Terrace Cafe (nearby), and East Gate Coffee Bar (at the opposite side of the Garden-a nice walk).

Cost: No cost, and RBGE admittance is also free. However, registration is required! See our Eventbrite site.

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) members, PLEA 2017 attendees, university students and educators, and professional architects and engineers are encouraged to participate.


Sunday, June 2, 2017

Patrick Geddes Room, John Hope Gateway
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5NZ.
Map and directions.

Please find your own transportation to the Garden.

  • 10:00A The Garden opens.
    Go to the Geddes Room in the Hope Gateway.
    We'll start the day there!
  • 10:00A Introduction and Tour
  • 11:00A Vital Signs Exercises with Equipment
  • Noon Hypothesis Forming Discussion
  • 1:00P Team Investigations and Explorations
  • 1:00P No-Host Working Lunch—Methodology Development
    (Three venues on site*)
  • 3:30P Team Presentations
  • 5:00P Adjourn
  • 6:00P Garden closes
    Those registered for PLEA 2017 may decamp for PLEA's Historic Environment Scotland Party at Edinburgh Castle (6pm until 8:30pm).

7 AIA/CES credits may be awarded to AIA members

* There are three nice dining venues in the Garden: John Hope Gateway Restaurant (next to the Geddes Room), Terrace Cafe (nearby), and East Gate Coffee Bar (at the opposite side of the Garden--a nice walk).

Co-Sponsored by: Society of Building Science Educators.


Team Cornus 

  • Katie Aiello-Coppola, University of Idaho
  • Paul Chase, University of Idaho
  • Leticia Neves, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Marc Schiler, University of Southern California

Team Papaver

  • Paulina Araneda Ijerra, Universidad Central de Chile
  • Gabriela Armijo, Universidad Central de Chile
  • Tom Corr, University of Idaho
  • Alfredo Fern├índez Gonz├ílez, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Flavia Figueroa Morales, Universidad Central de Chile
  • Elizabeth Grant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ken Hamley, University of Idaho
  • Geraldine Jimenez,  Universidad Central de Chile

Team Rock Garden

  • Becca Behrens, University of Idaho
  • Michael Coleman, University of Idaho
  • Mark DeKay, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Vanessa Gomes da Silva, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Ulrike Passe,  Iowa State University

Team Meadow

  • Harvey Bryan,  Arizona State University
  • Giovani Florenca, University of Idaho
  • Alison Pooley, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Deona Swager, University of Idaho

Team Katsura Tree

  • Gail Brager, University of California
  • Luz Escalante Tello, University of Idaho
  • Matt Gonzer, University of Idaho
  • Michael McGlynn, Kansas State University
  • Lindsay Rasmussen, University of Oregon

Team Paeonia [organizers, presenters]

  • Tisha Egashira, Scaffold
  • Walter Grondzik, Ball State University
  • Bruce Haglund, University of Idaho
  • Colin Hamilton, Max Fordham
  • Alison Kwok, University of Oregon
  • Roddy Langmuir, Cullinan Studio
  • Andrew McQuatt, Max Fordham


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