Julee Herdt is an award-winning architect, Professor of Architecture, founder and CEO of BioSIPs, Inc, a clean-tech corporation and CU’s first-ever spin-off company from the College of Architecture & Planning. She’s an inventor and pioneer in the development, patenting, application, and commercialization of biobased, lowest carbon, petroleum-alternative structural building materials and technologies using 100% waste cellulose.
Julee holds the first-ever patents at CU’s College of Architecture and Planning; third- and fourth-ever in CU Denver history. Her “BioSIPs” environmental building materials and renewable energy architecture projects have received multiple awards and recognitions including a coveted State of Colorado, US Green Building Council “Product of the Year” award. Julee was Architecture Faculty Lead on both of CU’s back-to-back, first place, internationally award-winning Solar Decathlon competitions.
Her work has been funded by: The US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy, State of Colorado, CU, private investment, and others. Her peer-reviewed biobased material science and architecture is published with the International Solar Energy Society, Oxford University Press/Low Carbon Journal, Elsevier and others. Additional publications can be found on her Research Gate page.
Julee has worked throughout the U.S. and abroad and with firms including Morphosis Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Frank O. Gehry, and on SCI-Arc’s Venice Biennale competition project as a USDA technical reviewer of low carbon building materials+ more. BioSIPs are cited in U.S. Congressional reports.
Left: Internationally-awarded, peer-reviewed, renewable energy buildings from Julee Herdt’s patented low-carbon inventions plus their application + testing, with CU students and in private practice.
Right: Department of Energy, Solar Decathlon, back-to-back first place wins plus multiple additional awards. Julee Herdt, Architecture Faculty Lead.
Left: A sample of BioSIPs 100% renewable, recyclable, and repulpable, biobased structural building panel inventions from waste and with no toxic additives, resins, or binders.
Right: BioSIPs waste feedstocks include pre- and post-consumer paper waste, agro-residues, aromatic flowers and herbs, hemp + cannibas, forest burn waste, construction leftovers, bovine waste, + others.
Patented, “MycoBioSIPs” a 100% bio-renewable, ultra-low carbon, structural insulated panel with programmed bio-degradability for earth remediation at end of use. Shown at left, Professor Herdt’s research students’ award-winning MycoBioSIPs presentation excerpt. The project won a Denver, campus-wide design, engineering, and technology award.
Students full-scale testing BioSIPs structural insulated panels using ASTM E72 standards and protocols at CU’s Rapid Prototyping Lab, College of Engineering and Applied Science. BioSIPs patented and integrated 3D core, skin, and insulation system outperformed standard SIP products in critical construction areas of axial- and transverse-loading. This makes it a superior product for high-seismic-, wind-, and other dynamic load situations.
Left: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent number 9,740,799 B2. Professor Julee Herdt’s software patent for design, strength analysis, and material science determinations for designing BioSIPs, structurally load-bearing building enclosures, and other products, using her high-density “eco-fiberboard” planar construction boards. Co-patented with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and included in the University of Colorado’s and USDA FPL’s patent portfolios.
INTERNATIONAL SOLAR DECATHON, BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR WORK WITH STUDENTS & IN COLLABORATION WITH CU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE
WORK PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; INCLUDED IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORDS
PRESENTING ON THE TOPIC OF LOW CARBON ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIALS
CHARITABLE CAUSES: ON-GOING FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Multiple animal protection and rescue groups, human-rights organizations, and environmental non-profits.