Developing novel solutions for building materials, design and constructability
Through the Institute for Sustainable Design, our researchers are providing innovative approaches to benefit the public by pioneering changes to the design and construction of the built environment.
The institute’s holistic and collaborative approach that includes a wide variety of researchers spanning the engineering and design disciplines is unique in the nation.
Did you Know?
Overcoming key obstacles that prevent wood-based jet fuel and petrochemical substitutes from being economically viable is the focus of a $40 million project of the WSU-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). NARA includes a broad consortium of scientists from universities, government laboratories, and private industry. WSU received the five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. (Michael Wolcott, co-director).
Affiliated Centers, Institutes and Labs
Composite Materials & Engineering Center
The Composite Materials & Engineering Center (CMEC) develops new building materials from a range of recycled and virgin resources. They also develop innovative structural systems to effectively use new materials while maintaining economic viability and public safety. Learn more.
Institute for Sustainable Design
The Institute for Sustainable Design is responding to the challenge of creating a sustainable future through education, outreach, development of new knowledge, and interaction across disciplines. Learn more.
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