New facility at Ohio campus enables environmental simulation

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A $35 million facility at the University of Dayton in southwest Ohio will allow researchers to simulate various environmental conditions in different structures, including a two-story home and a grocery store.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports the Helix Innovation Center officially opened Wednesday.

Environmental issues, including energy efficiency performance, will be studied at the center. The facility allows researchers to simulate temperatures ranging from minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit up to 130 degrees.

Officials with Emerson Climate Technologies, which built the complex, say the indoor temperatures of the models can be controlled, as well as humidity and outdoor ambient temperature.

About 35 Emerson employees will work in the new center. Company officials say internships and co-ops will be available to students.

Bill Bosway, an Emerson group vice president, said the company has long ties with the Dayton school and is seeking collaboration with academia for challenges facing the climate control industry. He said the company has many business customers who want to lower their costs while improving environmental stewardship.

"We know it's a beautiful building," Bosway said. "We're happy about that. But it really is the thought process. It's a different lens to look at our industry."


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