Law, T, Radical methodology: the design and commercialisation nexus in research innovation on personal thermal comfort, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 7-12 July 2014, Hong Kong, pp. 239-244. ISBN 9789628513864 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]
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The alternatives to the business-as-usual scenario involves radical change. Whilst technological advancement is a key aspect to adaptation, scientific validity does not in itself guarantee the success of an innovation. A survey of ideas like the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan and the Solar Chimney reveal how the most promising solutions could be crippled by political lethargy. Is it possible to solve the consequence of capitalist economies and consumer society with the same attitudes that created the problem? A vital but often overlooked approach is research commercialisation. This endeavour can help academics navigate the frustration of having their research, albeit academically sound, face rejection in the business world. For sustained radical change, commercial considerations need to be factored into the innovation and implementation framework. This paper explores Lakatosian heuristics as an unconventional research methodology, but one suited for confronting complex issues, with a focus on thermal comfort in an energy-constrained world.
In this inter-disciplinary undertaking involving sociological, physiological and engineering considerations, the solution was resolved by adopting a design-based approach unique and typical of the architectural studio.
|Item Type:||Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||personal, thermal comfort, commercialisation, innovation, design|
|Research Division:||Built Environment and Design|
|Research Field:||Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)|
|Objective Group:||Construction Design|
|Objective Field:||Commercial Construction Design|
|Author:||Law, T (Dr Tim Law)|
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