In thinking about what to create for a final project for this class, I'm planning to build something to use as a test-tool for my research ideas. I'm a second-year Building Technology student graduating at the end of the Spring. I'm planning to test different building envelope systems to modulate thermal and moisture transfer in hot-humid climates. In order to do this, I'm creating an "environment box" to simultaneously simulate both environments: the hot/humid outside, and the cool/dry interior. The box will have humidty and temperature sensors and will have a removable piece to insert different interventions.
Building professionals have been testing facades for years, although it is not often done at this scale. Below are a few examples of artificial environments used commercially.
Thermal scanning is a common way for building professionals to clearly see where temperature differentials exist. I'd love to somehow integrate this technology into the project.
Here are some quick orthographic views that I built in Rhino. Each "environment" will be 1 cubic foot, and the interchangable facade insert is 1 square foot. Though this will be a tool used for scientific testing, I want it to be a beautiful object on it's own.