Professor Marianne Touchie

Assistant Professor

  Building Section

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Marianne Touchie, PhD, PEng
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

Office: GB314B

Tel: 416-978-5919
Fax: 416-978-6813

marianne.touchie@utoronto.ca

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Research Interests

Building science; building energy use; indoor environmental quality; thermal comfort; energy modeling; building environmental monitoring; building retrofits; occupant behavior; heat pump technology; low-energy buildings;

Education and Designations

PhD Civil Engineering (2014) University of Toronto
BASc Civil Engineering (2009) University of Toronto

Teaching

Course Code Title & Description Instructor Session Day(s) Start Time End Location(s)
CIV375H Prof. Marianne Touchie Fall 2017 Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
MIE507H Prof. Marianne Touchie Winter 2018 Scheduled by the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Bio

Marianne Touchie joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in July 2016 and is cross-appointed in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.  She completed her BASc (2009) and PhD (2014) in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.  Upon completion of her PhD, Marianne became the Building Research Manager at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Touchie’s research focuses on improving the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of existing buildings to make them more comfortable, healthy and sustainable through comprehensive retrofits.  This work includes monitoring and characterizing building energy performance and environmental parameters such as temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air velocity and leakage, lighting levels and contaminant concentrations to determine the influence of potential retrofit approaches, both active and passive.  Much of her research has been in the multi-unit residential sector and particularly social housing buildings. 

Dr. Touchie is also the Academic Director and Chair of the Building Science Specialist of Ontario (BSSO) Committee for the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC).

 

Publications

Journals

  1. Carlsson, M.R., Touchie, M., Richman, R. "A Compartmentalization & Ventilation System Retrofit Strategy for High-Rise Residential Buildings in Cold Climates," Energy Procedia. (Accepted)
  2. Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D. “Evaluating a proposed retrofit measure for a multi-unit residential building which uses an air-source heat pump operating in an enclosed balcony space,” Energy and Buildings 85 (2014) pp. 107-114
  3. Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D. “Using Suite Energy-Use and Interior Condition Data to Improve Energy Modeling of a 1960’s Multi-Unit Residential Building,” Energy and Buildings 80 (2014) pp. 184-194
  4. Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D. “Testing and Simulation of a Low-Temperature Air-Source Heat Pump in a Thermal Buffer Zone,” Energy and Buildings 75 (2014) pp. 146-159.
  5. Di Placido, A.M., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F. “A Parametric Analysis of the Performance of Internal Thermal Mass of Concrete Floor Slabs in Cold Climates,” Energy and Buildings (Under Review)
  6. Di Placido, A.M., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F. “Exceeding the Ontario Building Code for low-rise residential buildings: Economic and environmental implications,” Building and Environment 77 (2014) pp. 40-49.
  7. Touchie, M.F., Binkley, C, Pressnail, K.D. “Correlating Energy Consumption with Multi-Unit Residential Building Characteristics in the City of Toronto,” Energy and Buildings 66 (2013) pp.648-656.
  8. Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., Beheshti, A. and Tzekova, E. “A Promise to Future Generations,” Engineering Leadership Review, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 7-13. May, 2010.

Conference Papers

  • Carlsson, M., Touchie, M.F., Richman, R.C., "A Compartmentalization and Ventilation Retrofit Strategy for High-Rise Residential Buildings in Cold Climates," in 15th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, CCBST, Vancouver, British Columbia, 6-8 November 2017.
  • Carlsson, M., Touchie, M.F., Richman, R.C., "A Compartmentalization & Ventilation System Retrofit Strategy for High-Rise Residential Buildings in Cold Climates," in 11th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB2017, Trondheim, Norway, 11-14 June 2017.
  • Touchie, M.F., Tzekova, E.S., Siegel, J.A., Purcell, B., Morier, J. “Evaluating Summertime Overheating in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings using Surveys and In-Suite Monitoring," in 13th international conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII which will be held in Clearwater, Florida, December 5–8, 2016.
  • Touchie, M.F., Siegel, J.A. “Operation of Residential HVAC Systems: Implications for Healthy Buildings," in Proc. 4th Healthy Buildings 2015 Conference, Boulder, CO, 2015.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D. “Detailed Monitoring and Energy Model Development of an Existing Multi-Unit Residential Building in Toronto, Canada," in Proc. 4th Building Enclosure Science and Technology (BEST4) Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2015.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., Tzekova, E.S. “Energy Retrofitting Toronto Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Air-Source Heat Pumps Operating in Enclosed Balconies," in Proc. 14th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, ON, 2014.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., Tzekova, E.S. “Assessing Potential Energy Retrofits of Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in the Greater Toronto Area," in Proc. 14th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, ON, 2014.
  • Tzekova, E.S., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F., Richman, R.C., DiPlacido, A.M., Rumeo, M.E. “Improving the Energy Performance of an Historic Single-Family Home: The Gemini House," in Proc. 14th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, ON, 2014.
  • Parker, C.A., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F., DeRose, D., Dedesko, S. “A Study of Cross Contamination of In-Suite Ventilation Systems used in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings," in Proc. 14th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, ON, 2014.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., and Tzekova, E. “Energy Savings by Retrofitting Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Case Studies," in Proc. 3rd Building Enclosure Science and Technology (BEST3) Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2012, paper 105.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., Richman, R.C. and Dixon, E. “An Innovative Approach to Retrofitting Multi-Unit Residential Buildings Using a Nested Thermal Envelope Design," in Proc. 9th Nordic Symp. on Building Physics, Tampere, Finland, 2011, pp. 289-296.
  • Touchie, M.F., Pressnail, K.D., Dixon, E. and Richman, R.C. “Energy Retrofitting an Historic 1870’s Solid Masonry Home Using Nested Thermal Envelope Design," in Proc. 13th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Winnipeg, MB, 2011.
  • Tzekova, E.S., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F. and Pearson, N. “Evaluating Wetting and Drying of a Vented Air Space in a Spray-Foam Insulated Solid Masonry Historic Building,” in Proc. Heritage 2012: 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Porto, Portugal, 2012.
  • Dixon, E., Richman, R., Pressnail, K.D. and Touchie, M.F. “NTEDTM: Applicability of an Innovative Low-Energy Home Design to Northern Climates,” in Proc. 13th Canadian Conf. on Building Science and Technology, Winnipeg, MB, 2011.
  • Dixon, E., Richman, R., Pressnail, K.D. and Touchie, M.F. “NTEDTM: An Innovative Design Using Nested Thermal Envelopes to Achieve Significant Reductions in Energy Use,” in Proc. Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XI International Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL, 2010.
  • Kennedy, C., Byer, P., Pressnail, K.D., Touchie, M.F., Bentz, E., Roorda, M. and Vanderburg, W. “Enhancing the Sustainability Content of a Civil Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum,” in Proc. CDEN/C2E2 2009 Conference, Hamilton, ON, 2009.