IEQ Lab Launched

Date: 08.02.2013

In recognition of the importance working environments play in sustainable best practices, the University of sydney has opened an Indoor Environemnt Quality (IEQ) laboratory.

The effect of factors like temperature, humidity, air quality and movement, ventilation, daylight, artificail lighting, sound and accoustics will be studied by the laboratory to assess the comfort, productivity and helath outcomes of occupants.

The lab was officially opened by Greg Combet, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency who stated that the building and construction industry was an improtant part of the transition to a clean energy future.

"For the first time Australian industries will be able to assess the performance of buildings before they are built," Mr Combet said.

"This transition is creating opportunities in renewable energy, low-emissions technologies and processes, and new services that will be in high demand in a competitive low-pollution economy."

Professor Richard De Dear, Director of the lab is an expert in IEQ.  He states that most green building focus has been on reducing a building's impact on the external environment.  Now there is increasing scuting on the quality of their indoor environment.


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