The design and development of technologies and methodologies for improving Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and sustainable products for the built environment

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Thesis
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2008
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- This body of work encompasses the research, testing, publications and patents that the author has compiled on built environment technologies and methodologies. The technologies and methodologies defined and elaborated on in the body of this thesis are in the following four areas: 1) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Public Health 2) Daylighting 3) Ventilation 4) Sustainable Materials & Products, (developing methodologies to define and measure) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Public Health, involves the framing of the Legionella Heat Treatment to Cooling Tower Waters experiments which are described in detail. The process of identifying the problem to be researched and methodologies adopted are analysed, along with a major report on a fatal Legio1maire's outbreak. Results of the analysis of approved processes of disinfection of cooling towers and the i1npact of ongoing Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) issues coupled with the continuing outbreaks of Legionnaire's disease in the built environment are also elaborated on. Daylighting technologies start by describing the building of a test facility for conducting experiments with diverse methods and means of achieving the objectives of improved daylighting into buildings. Tests for commercial daylighting businesses are discussed such as, the testing of specular and diffuse materials and the application of innovative technologies for bringing in daylight above suspended ceilings. The application of the laser cut panel to the horizontal lightpipe being the first time in the world that this technology was assessed in a full scale facility. Similarly, experimental work on natural ventilation products, new product designs, the development of an Australian Standard on natural ventilation and the defining and development of sustainable products are all described by relevant publication and contributions respectively. Finally, the integrated conclusion comprehensively summarises the results of the projects undertaken and maps the individual results into an interlinking volume of research in the fields of IEQ and sustainable products.
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