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Architectural Engineering brings together Mechanical, Electrical,
Illumination and Structural Engineering and Construction Management
in a curriculum and research program focused on the design, construction
and operation of buildings.
Buildings affect the environment in two distinct and important ways:
- Buildings define the indoor environment in
which as much as 90 percent of the average person's life is spent.
Indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics all contribute to
the health and sense of comfort--or lack of it--of building occupants.
As many as 30 percent of buildings are subject to "sick building
construction and operation have a major impact on the global environment through
the use of raw materials and non-renewable energy. Energy consumption for
building operation and the use of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants in
air-conditioning equipment have the potential to degrade air quality
and contribute to global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion.
Environmental research in the Penn State Department of Architectural
Engineering addresses both indoor air quality and energy efficiency --both
the indoor and global impacts of buildings. Past and ongoing research
- Computational fluid dynamic modeling of room air distribution
to remove contaminants
- Control of variable-air-volume systems to meet ASHRAE
Standard 62 while minimizing energy consumption
- Optimization of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems
for disinfection of indoor air
- Filtration of airborne microorganisms
- Modeling of energy savings resulting from basement and
slab foundation insulation
- Design of stratified thermal storage tanks to minimize