Integrated Design Lab - Boise

Integrated Design Lab - Boise


The College of Natural Resources and the College of Engineering have teamed up on a project to 3D print wood panels for sustainable and efficient house manufacturing.

The team consists of graduate students Robert Carne, Conal Thie, Berlinda Orji, and Tais Mitchell, and is supervised by Armando McDonald of the Forest and Sustainable Products Department and Michael Maughan of the Mechanical Engineering. Ken Baker, of the university's Integrated Design Lab (IDL), is the PI for the project.

To see Robert and Conal explain this amazing project and watch it in action, check out our story.
University of Idaho College of Engineering Integrated Design Lab - Boise
Our Boise office will be hosting a Lunch and Learn presented by the University of Idaho's Integrated Design Lab - Boise on July 11th. Follow the link below for more information and to sign up!

The University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab in Boise [IDL] is dedicated to the development of high

Operating as usual



Lecture Topic - Indoor Air Quality During Lockdown by Elizabeth Cooper

Register Here:

Throughout the world governments instituted a variety of measures to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 and improve public health. In the UK that took the shape of a nationwide lockdown as of the 23rd of March 2020. This mandate continued until the 13th of June. These restrictions led to atypical patterns of home occupancy, the implications of which are still unknown.

The work shown in this presentation took advantage of an existing IAQ and window operation monitoring study taking place in east London, UK. One-year’s worth of monitored data on indoor and outdoor environment parameters along with occupant use of windows was used to analyze the impact of lockdown on IAQ and infer probabilistic models of window operation behavior. Moreover, using on-site CO2 data, monitored occupancy and operation of windows, the team calibrated a thermal performance model of one of the spaces to investigate the implications of alternative ventilation strategies.

The use of this type of model, one in which energy, thermal, and air quality performance is integrated has great potential to be used to better understand how changes in our built environment impact health, and at what cost. A conceptual framework for modelling health impact into the built environment will also be introduced.

Additive Manufacturing and Construction | 10/05/2021

Additive Manufacturing and Construction |

You can read our latest BSUG blog about 3D printing or additive manufacturing. ( It's related to some of the work we have been doing here at the Lab.

Additive Manufacturing and Construction | Additive Manufacturing and Construction The Integrated Design received a grant to develop a 3D printing process for the construction industry using a wood-based material. Details on this project can be found later in the article. Additive Manufacturing Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D prin...

Energy Resource Library - Categories | 07/01/2021

Energy Resource Library - Categories |

The Energy Resource Library is a free resource available to Idaho Power Company customers. Hundreds of diagnostic tools are available for check-out to support your next energy efficiency project. Idaho Power Company and/or IDL personnel are available to answer questions about how tools can be used for specific applications and with help generating a measurement plan.

Contact Dylan Agnes with questions about tools or project types. You do not need to know what tools are needed, just explain the project you want to do and the proper tools will be assigned to your future proposal.

Fill out an ERL Questionnaire here:

Energy Resource Library - Categories | Onset’s HOBO MX1102 CO2 logger makes it more convenient than ever to measure and record CO2 in buildings and other non-condensing environments. It...


Join us in welcoming our new employee, Isabelle.

Isabelle is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Boise State University and is set to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Afterwards, she plans to continue living in her home town and pursue a masters of Architecture at the University of Idaho's Boise campus. Isabelle has developed a love for the built environment and how it interacts with nature and hopes to learn more about urban design and building science in her studies. When she is not in class or the office, she enjoys reading and traveling.


A personal note from Ken Baker.

Folks, it has been a pleasure working with you and the IDL staff over the past two and a half years. Becoming the Interim Director of the IDL was not anticipated but, as my very last public sector job (yes I plan to retire this summer), it has been a very satisfying experience. Working with our youthful and highly talented staff was truly a highlight of my career. I am impressed to the extreme with the talent, the dedication and belief in efficiency and sustainability I have seen in all of our staff. They bring their best every day.

As one of the five founders of the IDL, I have always believed in and supported the Lab. I am especially happy that we were able to build the amount of masters student interns to four over my tenure and that Damon will add to this number. Providing graduate engineering and architectural students with the opportunity to learn and apply the kind of real-world experience that will provide value to the design industry was a founding goal and my personal chief reason for supporting the creation of the IDL.

I can’t say enough good things about our new Interim Director. Already incredibly skilled, Damon is always working to improve himself and the Lab. Through his dedication, people oriented style and applied knowledge of energy efficiency, I believe the IDL will thrive. All of us at the lab are 100% behind him.

I’m very thankful for you, our clients, patrons and University of Idaho support system. I very much appreciate your good work.



The Integrated Design Lab is happy to announce our new interim director Dr. Damon Woods! Dr. Woods is honored to take the helm at IDL as interim director for 2021. From his start as a summer intern at IDL nine years ago to now, working at the lab has been a source of inspiration and pride. After finishing his master’s at Boise State, Damon joined the IDL as a full-time PhD student from 2013-2018 focusing on thermal comfort, energy modeling, and radiant systems. During that time, Damon was fortunate enough to receive mentorship under each of the previous directors: Kevin, Elizabeth, and Ken. Damon hopes to continue the traditions of applied research, innovative education, and community engagement, which have been hallmarks of the IDL ever since its inception in 2004 under Ken Baker and Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg. Damon’s three main goals for the lab in 2021 are to:

1. Support more architecture and engineering students at the lab so they can bring the principles of integrated design into practice.
2. Expand the lab’s research avenues so that the IDL can provide Idaho’s design firms relevant insights on emerging building technologies.
3. Establish new partnerships with both industry and government so that together we can help build a more sustainable and resilient future for all Idahoans.


Please join us in welcoming our new employee; Jason Talford

Jason graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on energy efficiency systems. He is excited to keep his roots in the treasure valley by pursuing a masters of mechanical engineering with the University of Idaho in Boise and is looking forward to a career focused on the communities he calls home.

Our last engineering intern, Jubin Mathai graduated with his masters this spring. Jubin took a job at University of New Hampshire (he was also offered a funded Ph.D. position at University of Ottowa). We wish the best of luck in his career pursuits.

Photos from University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture's post 10/06/2020

Photos from University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture's post

BSUG 2.0 | 08/14/2020

BSUG 2.0 |

We have launched our new website! Please visit and check out all the changes we have made. Please note that if you had an account with us previously you will need to recreate your account.

We will be adding more content to our website this year starting with a new BSUG Blog to follow up on past topics presented. We will be posting about Autodesk's Insight program, Parametric modeling and analysis, and How to create your own weather data for energy simulations.

In addition, we will begin migrating content from the BSUG 2.0 website to our main site So stay tuned for updates as we adjust our digital content!

BSUG 2.0 | Building Simulation Users Group The Building Simulation Users Group (BSUG) was created in 2009 to help to start a community centered around architecture and engineering-focused building simulation. Three years, later, BSUG secured funding for another three years from the Idaho Power Company, whom al...


The Integrated Design Lab's office, The Idaho Water Center, will remain closed until we are directed by the President of the University that it is safe to open up in-person operations. Therefore, during social distancing the IDL will be working remotely and providing what services we can. For a list of our services available during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit our website:

This is subject to change at any time as we adhere to social distance requirements from our multiple sponsors.


We have moved and can be found at the Idaho Water Center: 322 E Front Street.

Photos from Integrated Design Lab - Boise's post 08/14/2020

Please join us in welcoming two new employees - Kelsey and Tais

Kelsey is a first year, graduate architecture student at the University of Idaho Boise campus. Coming from a background in Geosciences, she has built a love and appreciation for the built environment, both naturally and anthropomorphically designed. Kelsey strongly believes in the culture that has shaped Boise's growth thus far and wants to be a part of that growth going forward.

Tais graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and is pursuing a masters degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho in Boise. He is working as a graduate research assistant with IDL with a primary research focus on cellulosic 3d printing for modular building assemblies. Outside of his studies, Tais enjoys skiing, hiking, and general outdoor recreation.


Idaho is rated the most improved state for energy efficiency by ACEEE. Keep up the good work! 07/15/2017

University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture

The University of Idaho - Boise is expanding the reach of architecture programming in the Treasure Valley by offering undergraduate architecture studios and coursework at the University of Idaho Boise Urban Design Center . This program is for traditional students and career-changers alike. Applications are open until Aug. 21 when classes start!


Don't forget! BSUG tomorrow at the IDL with a presentation by Mike Hatten. He's always a great speaker with immediately applicable information to share for engineers, architects and modelers. Noon to 1:00 with lunch provided if you sign up ahead of time. See you there! 04/12/2017

April 26, 2017 BSUG: Using Analytics to Optimize Equipment Operation and Reduce Energy Use

It's almost that time again! BSUG is coming up on Wednesday, April 26th at noon. Register today BIO: Jake MacArthur: Jake manages ETC Group’s Monitoring and Analytics service offering. Through analytic software and consulting, his team provides visibility into operations and delivers energy savings. He has led projects to apply analytics to one of the ten largest buildings in the world and to…


The first BSUG of 2017 will be on Wednesday March 22nd at the IDL from 12:30-1:30. Register and learn more at


Daylighting Training for Professionals this spring at the IDL. 09/05/2016

AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2016

If you didn't get a chance to check out this year's AIA COTE buildings, here's your chance. Do you have a favorite? The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten sustainable architecture and...


BSUG today at noon at the IDL. David Bradley will present eHarmony for Energy Modeling. Come find your perfect model.

IDL - Integrated Design Lab

The University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab in Boise [IDL] is dedicated to the development of high-performing energy efficient buildings in the Intermountain West. This is approached through research, education and outreach efforts with students, owners, and professional design and construction teams to transform design practice and keep pace with technologies, materials and methods of construction that best meet the needs of building owners and society in general. Those who utilize the resources available through the IDL will design and construct buildings that are more comfortable for people, follow best practice design approaches, require less energy to maintain and operate, and enhance the health and productivity of inhabitants.




322 E Front Street
Boise, ID

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