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University of Idaho
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Urban Design Center

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Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 120
Boise, ID 83702

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, IDL Director & Assistant Professor

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, PhD


Office: 306 S 6th Street, Boise, ID
Phone: (208) 429-0220
Email: kevinv@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702

College of Art & Architecture
Architecture and Interior Design program
Associate Professor
Director - Integrated Design Lab, Boise

Home Town: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Campus Locations: Boise, ID
With UI Since 2004


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Human comfort
    • Energy efficiency
    • Daylighting design and metrics
    • Passive and low energy design
    • Integrated design process
    • Human factors
    • Passive and low energy design support for professional architects and engineers
  • Biography
    Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho and Director of the Integrated Design Lab in Boise (UI-IDL). He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000), Master of Architecture from the University of Washington (2002), and his PhD from the University of Washington in 2012. He teaches classes in daylighting, simulation techniques for integrated design, and design to graduate students and design professionals in Idaho and across North America. Van Den Wymelenberg opened the UI-IDL in 2004 for the University of Idaho and has successfully secured/completed grants for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, United States Environment Protection Agency, Idaho Power Company, Renselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center, the Battelle Energy Alliance, and the New Buildings Institute and several others totaling over $4,500,000. As part of the Pacific Northwest Integrated Design Lab Network Van Den Wymelenberg has consulted on over 450 new construction and major renovation projects with architects and engineers regarding daylight and energy in buildings since 2000. . He has authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers related to energy efficiency, daylighting and human comfort and has presented at over 50 conferences including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, LightFair International, Passive Low Energy Architecture, Office Ergonomics Research Council, American Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and at the regional chapters of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Illuminating Engineering Society, and the United States Green Building Council. In 2008 Van Den Wymelenberg won the Richard Kelly Grant from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). In 2007 for support of his doctoral studies at the University of Washington he won the Robert Thunen Memorial Scholarship from the IESNA, the Edison Price Fellowship from the Nuckolls Fund for Educational Lighting, and the Lighting Design Alliance Scholarship from the International Association of Lighting Designers. Van Den Wymelenberg was a member of the BetterBricks Daylighting Lab in Seattle that was honored with the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices by the State of Washington. He is Chair of the IENSA’s Daylight Metrics Committee and the Governor’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Task Force in Idaho. He also represents the University of Idaho in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ Energy Efficiency Research Institute.
  • Selected Publications
    Peer Reviewed/Evaluated:
    • Measuring a Decade of Market Transformation – the Pacific Northwest Integrated Design Lab Network, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, G.Z. Brown, Joel Loveland.
    • Plug Load Energy Profiles and Energy Saving Interventions in Office Environments, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012, Brad Acker, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg.
    • Patterns of Occupant Interaction With Window Blinds: a Literature Review, Energy and Buildings, v.51, 165–176, 2012, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg.
    • Simulation-Based Daylighting Design Education and Technical Support, Building Simulation 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings, November 14-16 2011, Sydney, Australia; Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Christopher Meek.
    • Rightsizing: Using Simulation Tools to Solve the Problem of Oversizing, Building Simulation 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings, November 14-16 2011, Sydney, Australia; Ery Djunaedy, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Harshana Thimmanna.
    • A Guide to Daylighting Success, Lighting Design + Application, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Christopher Meek & Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, September 2011, Available at: http://www.ies.org/lda/hottopics/lre/1.cfm
    • Using Building Performance Modeling as a Vehicle for Re-Integration, American Society of Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference Proceedings, June 26-29, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Jacob Dunn, Gunnar Gladics, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Ery Djunaedy, Sherry McKibben. (Best Paper – Architectural Engineering Division)
    • Oversizing of HVAC System: Signatures and Penalties, Energy and Buildings, 43(2-3) [2011], 468-475; Ery Djunaedy, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Brad Acker, Harshana Thimmana.
    • The Effect of Luminance Distribution Patterns on Occupant Preference in a Daylit Office Environment, Leukos, v.7, n.2, pp. 103-122, October 2010; Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Mehlika Inanici, Peter Johnson
    • 61 Flavors of Daylight, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Summer Study Conference Proceedings, August 2010, Pacific Grove, CA; Mudit Saxena, Lisa Heschong, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Seth Wayland.
  • Research Projects
    • Luminance Based Lighting & Blind Controls - Doctorate research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Mehlika Inanici (Chair) Associate Professor Pete Johnson and Professor Joel Loveland at the University of Washington, and Dr. Judith Heerwagen. Studying luminance distribution in the visual field of office interiors as it relates to lighting and blind controls, human preference, acceptance and performance.
    • Daylight Metrics Research - Teamed with the Heschong Mahone Group, National Research Council of Canada and the University of Washington to provide direction to the Illuminating Engineering Society regarding new performance metrics and criteria for ‘daylit’ spaces.
    • High Performance Classroom Prototype - Redesigned daylighting, electric light and HVAC systems for two full scale demonstration classrooms in a new Idaho elementary school. Monitoring many aspects of building performance for a two year period compared to two adjacent standard classrooms.ip/activity/work/exhibit title, location (city, state, country), short description/abstract, link to online resources, start and end date
  • Outreach Projects
    • Green Scene - University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab, Sources+Design Magazine, September, 2008
    • Early Simulations Improve Building Performance, Idaho Business Review August 27, 2007
    • New Nampa School Set Up To Test Energy, Idaho Statesman April 22, 2007
    • Endeavor Elementary School Seeks to Save Energy, Idaho Press Tribune March 26, 2007
  • Awards and Honors
    • Richard Kelly Grant, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [2008] $5,000
    • Doctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, PhD in the Build Environment [2007-2008] $12,050 tuition + $5,000 Fellowship
    • Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship, Thunen Scholarship Fund, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [2007-08] $6,500
    • Edison Price Fellowship, Nuckolls Fund for Educational Lighting [2007-08] $10,000
    • Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention & Sustainable Practices, State of WA [2004] As member of the BetterBricks Daylighting Lab, University of Washington

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