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I'm Philip Agee. I'm a researcher and human factors engineer motivated to understand and improve the relationship between people and the built environment.  Buildings have a large impact on the environment; consuming 40% of US energy and 70% of US electricity in 2015.  We all live* within and [most of us] work within a building.  Each day we have thousands of interactions with the built environment.  These intentional and unintentional interactions affect our health, thermal comfort, well-being, energy use, finances, productivity and impact on the environment.

As a researcher, I utilize mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) to improve our understanding of socio-technical systems and human-machine interactions created everyday as a by-product of our interactions with buildings.



As an engineer, I solve human-system problems. I design system-based solutions, optimize existing technologies and develop innovative ideas to improve the occupant [user] experience.  

The goal of my work is to leverage human factors engineering methods and building science principles to improve the human experience in buildings. A by-product of this work will be energy efficient buildings, with improved indoor air quality, thermal comfort, building durability and reduced financial risk for occupants and owners.  

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HoloLens Augmented Reality (AR) glasses for construction details | evaluating usability and mental workload factors.

*In full disclosure, I lived in a camper on the New River during my first year of graduate school.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew McCoy 

Virginia Center for Housing Research

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (2016). Electricity Data. Retrieved from  

© 2020 by Philip Agee | Research & Engineering

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