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.
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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