The School of Architecture Design Studio has used the EcoBlock as a Design Studio project. It was based on a block in the Northend Neighborhood of Detroit Michigan. The main purpose of the studio was to perform an energy analysis of the EcoBlock to see if achieving Net Zero was possible using the contextual density of the neighborhood. Preliminary analysis using Sefaira Energy Modeling shows that this is achievable. Professor Bob Koester is now looking at options for using the EcoBlock for future design studios based on the form-based code and taking the analysis to a deeper level and looking at water issues as well.
EcoBlock is planning on working with Bob Koester, Director of the Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service to develop a prototype Energy Balance Model for the EcoBlock.
EcoBlock has a standing relationship with the BSU on common interest grant applications.