Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dean’s Spark Professor
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.
Marianne Touchie joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in July 2016 and is jointly appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral 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, she was the Building Research Manager at The Atmospheric Fund and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.
In her Building Energy and Indoor Environment (BEIE) Lab, Dr. Touchie’s research team 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 field monitoring of building energy performance and indoor environmental parameters as well as occupant behaviours and perceptions through surveys. Much of her research has been in the high-rise residential sector and particularly social housing buildings.
Dr. Touchie is also the President of the Building Science Specialist Board of Canada and the Chair of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 2.1 of Physiology and Human Environment.