UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering



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, including:

  • the Bartlett Lighting Simulator, which is one of the most sophisticated in the UK. Email us to find out more or to book the simulator;
  • a large 24m2 walk-in environmental chamber, which is in constant use for the study of aspects of building-related phenomena;
  • 2 Full Weather Stations, including pyranometers used to measure solar radiation;
  • more than 1,000 stand-alone 4 channel data loggers capable of recording temperature, relative humidity, illuminance and further sensor inputs, such as CO2 levels;
  • 10 wireless data logging systems that can be deployed and accessed remotely. These can be used in conjunction with over 100 transmitters with sensors measuring temperature, RH, CO2, electrical power consumption, air velocity and heat flux;
  • a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer and thermal desorber system;
  • continuous particle monitoring and TVOC systems;
  • carbon dioxide and monoxide monitoring equipment;
  • thermal comfort monitors measuring dry bulb, wet bulb and globe temperatures along with air velocity;
  • calibrated pressure test or ‘blower door’ equipment to identity air leakage paths and measure the air tightness of dwellings and smaller non-domestic buildings;
  • infra-red cameras to help with various building diagnostic purposes;
  • heat flux plates to measure heat flows during occupation and determine in situ U-values;
  • co-heating test equipment to accurately measure the fabric and ventilation heat loss in an unoccupied building;
  • moisture probes to measure the in situ moisture of building fabric;
  • ventilation hoods and vane anemometers of various diameters that can help balance and calibrate mechanical ventilation systems;
  • CO2 tracer gas decay systems to measure air infiltration in domestic dwellings; and
  • sound and light levelmeters.