You never know what season it will be in this lab. The temperature and humidity can be changed to replicate a range of environmental conditions from frozen winter (-20°C) to stifling summer (+35°C) and up to 95% RH (relative humidity). Investigators are using the lab to develop and test state-of-the-art winter clothing and footwear that is safe and user-friendly for older people and those with disabilities. Studies are also being carried out to design winter footwear that can prevent slips and falls in winter. The lab is also used to examine how the body responds to heat and cold, and to develop exercise programs for people with health conditions such as heart disease and asthma. Assistive technology and accessible environment designs are also enhanced here to suit Canadian climates.
The ClimateLab is located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue, Toronto.
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