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.  

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 http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=86&t=1.  

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