Design and Optimization of Built Environment Incorporating (a) Energy Efficiency, (b) Thermal Comfort, (c) Daylighting, and (d) Psychological, Health and Social Parameters Associated with Underground Spaces

Given Singapore’s urban density, office space is at a premium and below-street spaces for offices and shopping must be examined with regards to occupant comfort and productivity. Synthetic daylighting can significantly improve occupant psychological health and has a positive influence on their productivity. Two air-tight Testbed rooms with controllable daylighting allows us to model thermal comfort, psychological, health and social parameters in underground spaces at fine granularity. The energy-efficiency dimension of underground environments is unique, and devising testbed facilities that accurately emulate these environments is challenging. This sample project integrates research results from Themes A and B.

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