Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology
What are the factors that influence a healthy indoor environment? People are spending more and more time indoors, although research has shown that that is not good for our health. The SenseLab, a laboratory for testing and experiencing indoor environmental conditions, aims to help understand and cope with the indoor environment more effectively. Together with groups including schoolchildren, students and the general public, the SenseLab investigates how people can create a better indoor environment by means of odour, ventilation, temperature, light, colour, and sound.
In the laboratory, four test chambers make possible separate tests for air, thermal, lighting, and acoustic quality. Primary-school pupils and the general public enter the test chambers and learn in an entertaining manner what factors influence our senses. At the same time, the test results provide input for researchers to determine how classrooms and offices can be better equipped for a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment. Studying the circulation of virus particles in indoor air and testing the effectiveness of face masks recently also became part of the SenseLab’s research activities. The researchers make the test results accessible in a low-threshold manner via social media and blogs, which have followers all over the world.
The grant from the Rewarded! Fund will help develop further communication about indoor air quality.
Philomena Bluyssen, hoogleraar
Other group members:
Dadi Zhang, promovenda
Marco A.Ortiz, postdoctoral onderzoeker