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Facilities

Our students and researchers have access to a range of exceptional facilities.

Central House

We are based on the 3rd and 4th floors of Central House, walking distance from Euston, St. Pancras and King’s Cross train stations, and few hundred meters from the British Library.

The Bartlett Learning Hub is also in Central House and incorporates The Bartlett Library, quiet zones for individual studying and meeting rooms for group work and tutorials.

Facilities on the UCL Campus

Outside of Central House is the UCL campus, which includes the:

  • Main Library, which is open 24/7
  • Wilkins Building with large cloisters for group discussions;
  • UCL shop;
  • UCL Fitness Centre; and the
  • UCL Student Union facilities.

Find out more about UCL's Libraries and study spaces.

UCL IEDE's labs and equipment

Our staff and students have access to a wide range of equipment. 

Labatory Facilities 

Our staff and students have access to a wide range of equipment. Housed in new facilities on the former Olympic park, Here East, Stratford, IEDE across their key research themes: 

Materials thermal chamber

Materials thermal chamber - with control over temperature, humidity and ventilation rates, with the capacity to simulate driving rain. This allows high-level testing of building materials and components, supporting the work of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings

Human thermal chamber

Human thermal chamber - chambers precise control of temperature, humidity, ventilation rates and carbon dioxide levels for studies into occupant comfort and cognitive performance. 

Audio lab

Audio lab - an acoustically treated listening room with variable reverberation time, equipped with a speaker array and a VR HMD for immersive AV simulations. 

Air quality testing

Air quality testing - facilities including a GCMS for testing field samples and two small emissions chambers, for laboratory investigations of materials, pollutions and air quality, including qualitative and quantitative assessments of indoor air quality in relation to organic pollutants (VVOCs, VOCs, SVOCs). 

Sky lab

Sky lab - an artificial sky consisting of a five-metre dome with 810 individually adjustable light sources – simulating daylight distribution – and a moving sun simulator. 

Field Equipment 

To facilitate world-leading research in the built environment, IEDE has over 1,000 individual items of equipment to capture data and improve our understanding of building performance. Ranging from small deployable data loggers to dedicated test equipment, these facilitate investigations into all aspects of the internal and external environment, including: 

  • thermal comfort (PMV, PPD) 
  • indoor/outdoor air quality (CO2, particulates, nitrogen dioxide, total volatile organic compounds etc.) 
  • lighting (illuminance, luminance, spectrometers) 
  • acoustics (sound levels, reverberation, sound insulation, etc.). 
  • energy monitoring 
  • weather stations 
  • occupant behaviour (occupancy, people counting, window opening etc.) 
  • thermal cameras 
  • moisture and humidity 
  • blower door kits and smoke guns 
  • ventilation performance (air flow hoods, anemometers) 

Teaching Equipment 

Equipment is available for teaching demonstrations, practical assessments, dissertation projects and for students to loan out and use independently. All research equipment may be used for these purposes, with a dedicated range available for students to take to site or field trips. This includes environmental meters, probes, data loggers and mini thermal cameras.

 

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