Program: Indoor Environment

Market Price Based Demand & Response in an Office Building

Market Price Based Demand & Response in an Office Building

The increasing usage of renewable energy sources and decommissioning of fossil fuels from power generation will cause inflexibility to changes in demand. One possible solution to this problem is market based demand response. In Finland the commercially available control signals still limit to marked based control signals. We have researched how market based demand response… Continue Reading

Modular construction: Solutions for the future challenges of housing development

Modular construction: Solutions for the future challenges of housing development

Modular construction is currently one of the most interesting developments of the construction industry on an international level. The development potential of modular building includes the possibility to shorten construction time as well as to improve the quality and sustainability of construction. The study views the potential included in the industrial serial production of standardized,… Continue Reading

OASIS – A playful social learning space

OASIS – A playful social learning space

OASIS is a social learning and research space at the University of Tampere. OASIS was built as one of the Indoor Environment research project demo spaces, and is the result of collaborative research on playful work environments and the on-campus collaborative learning spaces. OASIS was funded by the University Properties of Finland (UPF), University of… Continue Reading

Adaptable housing environments: 10 visions to withstand the test of time

Adaptable housing environments: 10 visions to withstand the test of time

Housing production is usually based on the belief of predictability, but this approach is inconsistent with the fact that the future cannot be predicted. Residential design and construction must therefore adopt more flexible and adaptable principles, where the difficulty or impossibility of making predictions is taken into account. As a result of this, ten visions… Continue Reading

Water quality changes in new pipeline system

Water quality changes in new pipeline system

Inevitable aging process of pipeline materials causes changes in water quality in distribution systems. The interactions between materials and water in distribution systems were studied in a “living lab” test office building. It was found that pipeline materials (Copper/PEX) caused leaching of both inorganic and organic substances. The strongest water quality changes occurred less than… Continue Reading

Improvement of LED office lighting with user preference

Improvement of LED office lighting with user preference

It is important to light the office room with preferred lighting since the preferred visual conditions in an office environment creates a pleasant mood that leads to improved work performance, creativity, and social behavior. The combination of illuminance level (E) of 750 lx with correlated color temperature (CCT) of 4000 K is preferred for LED… Continue Reading