Fitsum Tariku, director of the BCIT Building Science Centre of Excellence.
Dr. Fitsum Tariku in the School of Construction and the Environment has been named BCIT’s first-ever Canada Research Chair. 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs were announced Nov. 24 during a speech by the Honourable Minister Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, to kick off a two-day conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chair program.
Fitsum, director of BCIT's Building Science Centre of Excellence, is the new Canada Research Chair in Whole-Building Performance. The research program aims to advance sustainable building design by increasing building durability, providing healthy and comfortable indoor air, and decreasing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during the construction and lifetime of the building. The research program will look at materials and building envelope systems right through to whole-building performance analyses, and students will be trained in new technologies and processes to enable the construction industry to meet societal demand for high performance buildings.
“[It is] very well deserved and a sign of great things to come,” said Paul Dangerfield, Vice President of Education, Research and International of the appointment.
Fitsum's research also received funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The funding is for the Whole-Building Performance Research Laboratory, a new facility in the Building Science Centre of Excellence.
This isn’t the first time Fitsum has been recognized for his research. In 2009 he was awarded a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Studies Achievement Award for his PhD thesis on whole building heat and moisture analysis. His research helps to reduces energy waste in buildings, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.