Designed to simulate a real-world research environment, Purdue University’s state-of-the-art Center for High Performance Buildings provides the technology necessary for high-quality research and the flexibility needed to evaluate energy performance of new building systems and concepts. An expansion of the university’s Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, the 68,000-square-foot building features “living laboratories,” and is segmented into three parts to facilitate vibration, electromechanical systems, perception-based engineering and thermal research. The new facility is Purdue’s second mechanical engineering building designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards.
A special feature is the "living laboratory," a working office wing designed with replaceable modular elements including windows; a reconfigurable air distribution and lighting system; and instrumentation to monitor and assess the environment within the offices and its impact on occupants. This will allow researchers to test and validate new systems and concepts within a real-world setting to evaluate energy performance and occupant response.