Tommy Truong

Mentor: Dr. Ravi Srinivasan

College of Design, Construction and Planning

"My interest in conducting research stems from a curiosity and enthusiasm for innovation applied to our urban environment. The power of research and the application of the subsequent knowledge gained has had profound impacts on the way people view the world. Researchers have helped bridge the gap between theory and practice. Design, construction, and planning professionals are able to operate more effectively due to the contributions of researchers. Since conditions and perspectives are always in flux in regard to our built environment, conducting research is one way to establish a unifying language and an attempt at answering some of our most pressing questions. My motivation for conducting research is to contribute in helping people see the spaces around them, their resources, and their way of living from a different perspective."

Major

Construction Management

Minor

Sustainability in the Built Environment

Research Interests

  • Urban Design
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability

Academic Awards

  • Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (2014)
  • Rinker Alumni Scholarship (2014)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)

Organizations

  • Students for New Urbanism
  • UF Department of Recreational Sports
  • Florida Alternative Breaks
  • Sigma Lambda Chi

Volunteer

  • Active Streets Alliance
  • Freewheel Project

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Rock Climbing
  • Traveling

Research Description

Building, Cities, and Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies
The impacts climate change is having and will continue to have on the Earth are irreversible. A report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that “continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long- lasting changes in all components of changes in all components of the climate system.” This is particularly relevant for the building sector since buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide in the United States according to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While the industry has made great strides in the mitigation of CO2 emissions with the use of renewable energies, technology optimization, and responsible material sourcing, mitigation strategies are no longer enough. Buildings and cities must start to identify climate change adaptation strategies to combat rapidly changing environmental conditions. The concept of urban resiliency is more vital than ever. This research project will identify and analyze current climate change adaptation strategies being utilized by buildings and cities. This research report will be conducted by performing a literature review and analysis of relevant academic studies. The scope of analysis will include identifying prominent climate hazards, resulting infrastructure or urban impacts, and respective adaptation strategies being used in American cities. Adaptation strategies may include, but are not limited to: I. Current government policy responses II. City/local building codes and standards III. Proactive design, planning, and construction strategies IV. Materials and equipment V. Utilizing alternative energy sources VI. Site selection