A case for a mobile architecture and built environment laboratory
Luther, Mark and Treloar, Graham 2003, A case for a mobile architecture and built environment laboratory, in AUBEA 2003 : working together : proceedings of the 28th annual conference of the Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 83-88.
Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association Conference
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Deakin University and other research and industry partners have recently won a grant for the establishment of a Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory (MABEL). MABEL provides the first means of integrated, on-site measurement of the key aspects of the built environment (power, sound, light and comfort) using the latest instrument technology. There exists an ongoing need to establish a versatile and comprehensive in-situ testing facility for built internal environments, for the provision of research, education, training and technology diffusion. The ability to make on-site measurements across the environmental spectrum is unique and important. Individual measurements might demonstrate improved lighting performance, reduced power consumption, and improved ventilation or better building acoustics. More importantly, an integrated perspective will address an interaction in terms of energy efficiency and overall occupant comfort. H is recognised that many of the parameters we can measure with existing instrumentation remain unresolved regarding their diagnostic significance on occupant health, comfort and productivity. Also, developed standards for in-situ measurement are at an emerging state, in the delivery of reliable and useful assessment methods. This paper discusses the inception and role of the MABEL facility for building research, learning and teaching.
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Field of Research
120303 Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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