Research Areas: Systems for sustainable built environments at the nexus of health, energy and technology. dLUX integrates diverse disciplines by cutting horizontally across the university and academic programs to innovate for a rapidly-changing globally-connected technological world that is significantly impacting nature through the design of its built environment. Fundamental to energy-effective design are passive environmental strategies that can help reduce building energy consumption, such as solar orientation, daylighting and natural ventilation. Engineering research is in low-energy and energy-effective building systems including environmentally-responsive dynamic building façades and lighting systems auto-tuned to natural daylight. Human factors research includes the physiological effects of light on human health and wellbeing with a focus on circadian rhythmicity, vision, visual acuity, cognitive functioning, and conditions such as dementia and autism spectrum disorder.
Research Goals: To develop technologies for the indoor and built environments that can both improve health outcomes and conserve energy.
Faculty: Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Dr. Donald L. McEachron, Dr. Elizabeth W. Gonzalez
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