Dr. Caroline is founder and lead of Solar Energy and Community Design Lab in addition to her role as Associate Professor at SAPL. An architect by training and by profession, Dr. Caroline Hachem-Vermette has two master’s degrees in architecture, and an additional master’s, and PhD degrees in Building Engineering from Concordia University. Dr. Hachem-Vermette research program is highly multidisciplinary, involving such diverse disciplines as architecture, urban planning, and building engineering.
Her research area includes the investigations of multifunctional energy-efficient, resilient neighborhood patterns, solar potential and energy implications of building shapes, building envelope design, developing multifunctional facades for multistory buildings, and others. Her research is multidisciplinary, it plays a bridging role between building engineering and architectural and urban design. Her current research program aims at developing concepts and strategies for the design of sustainable and climate resilient, self-sufficient, smart communities and urban developments. A part of this research program concentrates on the design of urban green infrastructure that aims at improving the health and wellbeing of urban inhabitants, especially in times of stresses (including pandemics).
She is currently leading a subtask on developing strategies for net-zero energy solar communities, within the International Agency Energy Task (IEA) 63- Planning Solar Neighborhoods. She was also an expert on 2 others IEA tasks on solar energy in architecture and urban planning. She is widely published on the topic of energy efficiency and solar energy, including a book (with Springer) on designing solar buildings and neighborhoods. Dr. Hachem-Vermette is a recipient of a number of awards including the 2019 Peak Scholar Award, 2016 sustainability award, e-sim/ IBPSA award for innovation in modelling, and Hangai prize for young researchers.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Hachem-Vermette aims at creating an equitable lab environment, where she provides equal support and educational opportunities, as well as fair treatment to all HQPs. she encourages diversity, focusing on research potential as basis to recruit HQPs, regardless of ethnic, gender, age or disabilities. As female engineer, she recognizes barriers faced by women to engage in engineering related activities. she aims at reducing such barriers by tailoring training to needs and capabilities.
Recognizing the importance of training women in leadership roles in Engineering and Sciences, Dr. Hachem-Vermette obtained a certificate of Women in Leadership (from Cornell University). This will further allow her to pass-on such training to her female HQPS.