Scientists in the 21st century are charged with an enormous task: find new ways to meet the world's energy demands without compromising the planet. By working with researchers to design state-of-the-art labs, Flad is helping to find those solutions.
At Purdue University, professors and students in the department of mechanical engineering are exploring energy-related questions in an academic setting and then finding ways to translate this research into technology with real-world applications. At the new Center for High Performance Buildings, an extension of the existing Herrick Laboratories, they will focus on creating sustainable building systems that are environmentally and user-friendly, energy efficient, and safe.
This new lab goes "beyond green" – designing buildings (and the mechanical systems within those buildings) that minimize the use of fossil fuels, while maximizing occupant comfort and productivity. In a "living lab" researchers will test the impact of innovations in lighting, acoustics, air quality, temperature, humidity, air flow, and vibration on human health.