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The built environment and construction industry is an important sector to New Zealand, contributing tens of billions of dollars a year to the economy.
Massey is leading the way in research and development in this area, helping to create better efficiencies and resilience, as well as healthy and sustainable buildings.
Our research is investigating passive preventative systems which are part of the structure of a building. For instance how buildings can be designed to help prevent the spread of fire, indoor air quality and building resistance to earthquakes.
We are researching how the school classroom environment impacts on health of children and teachers, particularly investigating types and alternatives in the areas of heating, ventilation, energy efficiency, external pollution and design materials. Led by Massey researchers, this work is especially relevant today, with larger numbers of children in classrooms than ever before.
Our research expertise covers a broad range of lighting-related areas – from enhancing the human sleep-wake cycle to studying the electronics behind LED flicker. We are working in the areas of photometry and colorimetry, interior lighting design, exterior lighting, non-visual effects of lighting (e.g. circadian stimulus), energy efficiency, emergency lighting, next-generation lamp technologies and effects of light on the natural world.
Productivity is the most important area for enhancing client satisfaction and the growth and viability of firms in the construction sector. Reduction of waste and errors, efficient inventory of components, and efficient use of plant, machinery and labour are all features of a productive construction undertaking. We have expertise in productive construction planning and site management, including digital technologies, prefabrication, waste minimisation and sustainable construction practice.
A project led by Massey’s Dr Mikael Boulic, worked to find out whether improving the air quality in classrooms would have a positive impact on students’ health and levels of absenteeism.
The research team conducted an interventional study in 12 low-decile primary school classrooms in Palmerston North over two school terms in the winters of 2013 and 2014 to investigate the impacts of a low-cost, solar-heated ventilation system on air quality and students' health.
The research showed there is a direct correlation between increased ventilation and a reduction in respiratory infections, sick days and chemical pollutants.
This state of the art laboratory includes specific equipment to measure spectral distribution, chromaticity coordinates, correlated colour temperature, dominant wavelength, luminous flux, colour rendering, power and luminosity.
In 2016 Mikael Boulic was awarded the Emerging Researcher Award by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The award was in recognition of a project to improve health outcomes and indoor environments in primary schools, in an effort to decrease rates of illness, decrease absenteeism and the level of chemical pollutants using a low-cost solar ventilation unit.Health Research Council of New Zealand
Health Research Council Emerging Researcher Award
Professor Robyn Phipps won the highly commended award in the James Hardie Innovation category at the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Building Awards. This acknowledges her leadership on a project aimed at improving health and wellbeing in low decile classrooms with a low cost solar ventilation system.New Zealand Institute of Building
Highly Commended - James Hardie Innovation category
Professor Robyn Phipps was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust’s Awards of Excellence.New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust
New Zealand Institute of Building Charitable Trust’s Awards of Excellence