NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Ergonomics - Safety - Built Environment

IRC research in the area of ergonomic risk assessment looks at evaluating the degree of ergonomic hazard posed by residential construction tasks. This research considers ergonomic risks in terms of worker health and safety in manufacturing facilities and on construction sites, construction productivity, and cost, advancing with the hypothesis that careful design of construction tasks can improve productivity. Complementary research initiatives are investigating safety of occupied buildings with respect to indoor air quality, as well as evidence-based elderly-friendly architectural design, exploring innovative designs that allow elderly persons to age at home with reduced safety hazards.