Addressing two common challenges for building performance – reducing the carbon footprint attached to the provision of comfortable indoor environments, and improving the health and wellbeing of occupants – requires a more comprehensive understanding of how the indoor environments of buildings are operated. This paper introduces SAMBA, a state-of-the-art monitoring station for continuous, real-time measurements of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) parameters from occupants’ work desks. It combines a hardware solution that integrates a low-cost suite of sensors with a software platform designed to automatically analyse and visualize data for quick interpretation of IEQ performance by non-scientist. In addition to feeding a massive IEQ database for research, the resulting data may be used to better inform the metrological requirements for popular international IEQ rating schemes. This new era of indoor environmental monitoring based upon systems such as SAMBA affords a fundamentally new approach to built environmental field research that holds significant promise to improve building performance and indoor environmental quality and occupant satisfaction, health, wellbeing and performance.