Emerson building model home inside UD research center

Emerson Climate Technologies is building a 2,000-square-foot, two-story home inside The Helix innovation center on the University of Dayton campus, company officials announced Tuesday.

Officials said the “home inside a building” will serve as a working laboratory to enable faster testing of the company’s future innovations in comfort, energy savings and connected home concepts.

The residential connected home module will feature ambient controls to simulate a range of below-freezing to hot, humid weather conditions. It is one of five modules being constructed within the center.

“We will be evaluating comfort and energy savings from every angle,” said Hung Pham, director of integrated technologies at Emerson Climate Technologies’ Air Conditioning business, in a statement.

“This home module in The Helix will allow us to change refrigerant, HVAC systems, airflow and weather to help evaluate impact on human comfort and health from the standpoint of air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, humidity, noise, lighting and other factors,” Pham said.

Sidney-based Emerson Climate Technologies broke ground in October on the 40,000-square-foot innovation center to develop next-generation heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

The $34.5 million facility is expected to be complete in October, with a grand opening in December, officials said.

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