The objective of our research is to understand and manage the issues that impact upon the performance of a building. These issues include Indoor Environmental Quality (daylight and electric lighting, acoustics, thermal environment, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, health, wellbeing and productivity), building services (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, intelligent building control systems), facades (envelope), site conditions (climate and microclimate), and building life cycle sustainability.
We do this by undertaking innovative research in our three research labs. These are:
Our world-renowned researchers have attracted talent from across Australia and around the world, equipping them with state-of-the-art research infrastructure to create dynamic, high-impact research teams focused on the grand challenges for our built environments in the 21st century.
We collaborate with industry, government, and various international organisations to develop our innovative research solutions and apply them in the design and operation of buildings.
Our industry and government partners include:
Our international partner organisations include:
Funding source: 2016-18, Australian Research Council (ARC) DP160103978
Researchers: Professor Richard de Dear, Dr Densil Cabrera, Dr Jungsoo Kim
Without internal walls, open-plan offices are designed to make people interact more frequently and therefore be more collaborative and productive. Yet there is a high level of dissatisfaction with open-plan layout because of frequent distraction by background speech from co-workers, which has been shown to significantly decrease work performance and productivity. This project aims to better understand how irrelevant speech in open-plan offices affects the occupants’ cognitive performance and creates annoyance. The intended outcomes are the development of powerful new tools to measure, model and predict the degree of speech distraction at work, enabling establishment of new international standards.
Funding source: 2012-14, National Research Foundation of Korea
Researchers: Professor Richard de Dear (University of Sydney), Professor Chungyoon Chun (Yonsei University), Professor Ed Arens (UC Berkeley)
Funding source: 2011-14, Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage LP110200328
Industry partners: Arup, Brookfield Multiplex, the GPT Group, Investa Property Group, Stockland Property Management. In-kind support: National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) generates feedback on the performance of buildings from their occupants’ perspectives. As an indoor environmental quality assurance process, POE accelerates diffusion of best design practices and minimises bad design recidivism. The Building Occupants Survey System for Australia – BOSSA – will be a POE system for Australia’s office buildings. As the BOSSA database grows with each additional building surveyed during this project, it will underpin an ongoing program of architectural science research aimed at improving occupant health, comfort and productivity outcomes from sustainable office buildings.
Funding source: 2011-16, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Climate Works Foundation and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Researchers: Professor Richard de Dear (University of Sydney), Ms Leena Thomas (UTS), Professor Rajan Rawal (CEPT University)