The Department of Construction Economics recently paid a visit to the Massey University to attend the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS) conference and have discussions on research collaboration initiatives. Massey runs impressive laboratories at their School of the Built Environment. It includes a virtual reality lab, lighting lab and air quality lab. Dr Michelle Burger spent time at the Massey University Auckland campus investigating research projects that may align with University of Pretoria Construction Economics Departmental research fields. She met and took part in discussions with various researchers.
Dr Mikael Boulic heads the air quality lab investigating the health and performance impact of air factors in a classroom. The CO2 levels, temperature and moisture has a profound impact on cognition and performance.
Lighting is also a research focus area. Susan Mander has over 20 years’ experience in illumination engineering. She and colleague Chris Chitty run the lighting lab that investigates numerous aspects of lighting. This of importance in the built environment as it may affect cost, health and productivity.
Rino Lovreglio heads the virtual reality laboratory where virtual reality platforms are created according to the spec provided. These platforms are used for further construction research projects such as health and safety and teaching and learning.
We would like to thank Massey University and in particular, School of Built Environment for the warm response and willingness to discuss their projects. Department of Construction Economics looks forward to further collaboration discussions on these topics.