How Penn State is 'building' a healthier future

July 07, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For more than two decades, Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering and director of the Global Building Network, has served as a global expert on buildings. With specific interests in renewable materials and energy and developing communities, Obonyo works to improve the built environment by making buildings more efficient, more sustainable and safer.

The Global Building Network is an initiative of Penn State and the United National Economic Commission for Europe. It aims to advance building science, construction processes and building management to create an international framework that will accomplish Obonyo’s goals of improved efficiency, sustainability and human safety in buildings.

Obonyo's work was recently featured in the latest round of BTN Live BIG video vignettes. Vignettes are produced throughout the year to shine a light on the work of faculty, students, and alumni at Big Ten universities, especially in the areas of health, innovation and the environment. 

LiveB1G: How Penn State is 'building' a healthier future

Partnering with the United Nations on the Global Building Network, Penn State engineering faculty and students are creating the next-generation of construction practices and facilities components aimed at positively impacting the health of occupants. For more than two decades, Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering and director of the Global Building Network, has served as a global expert on buildings, and is featured by the Big Ten Network as part of its LiveB1G series.

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Last Updated August 03, 2020