NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Regina Dias Ferreira

Research Interests:

Regina graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2013, and completed her MSc in construction engineering and management under Dr. Al-Hussein's supervision in December, 2016. Her research interests include energy-efficiency, daylighting, high performance buildings, sustainable buildings, and sustainable architecture design. Her MSc studies involved research in collaboration with the Product Development department at Civeo, a modular manufacturer with operations in Edmonton, as well as research with Landmark Group of Companies, a major Edmonton-based home builder using a panelized building approach. Her thesis research explored the impact of building codes on energy performance and construction cost for new housing by developing a methodology to identify least-construction-cost approaches to achieve higher energy-efficiency requirements of building codes. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Al-Hussein and Dr. Yuxiang Chen.


  • Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management (2017), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism (2013), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Brazil.


  1. Hesaraki, B., Chen, Y., Dias Ferreira, R., and Al-Hussein, M. “Energy code compliant house design for lowest lifecycle cost based on market-available technologies.” Accepted (Aug., 2018) for publication in Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.
  2. Barkokebas, B., Dias Ferreira, R. C., Secchi, L., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2018). “Addressing the impact of industrialized components on the reduction of temporary heating cost in cold-climate regions.” Proceedings, 2018 Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, Hollywood, FL, USA, Mar. 22–25, 109–116.

Regina Dias Ferreira

PhD Student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
5-362.30 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering