Although air-conditioning has played a positive role for economic development in warm climates, its image is globally mixed. Field studies demonstrate that there are substantial numbers of dissatisfied people in many buildings, among them those suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms, even though existing standards and guidelines are met. A paradigm shift from rather mediocre to excellent indoor environments is foreseen in the 21st century. Elements of such a paradigm shift towards excellence are suggested. New research data document the positive impact of an excellent indoor environment on human productivity, health and comfort. The principles of excellence can be provided with moderate energy consumption. But the success of excellent indoor environments will increase the demand for improvement globally and the required energy supply will provide a challenge for the world engineering community in the future.
|Title of host publication||Proc. of World Engineers' Convention|
|Place of Publication||Hannover|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
|Event||World Engineers' Convention 2000: Humankind – Nature – Technology - Hannover, Germany|
Duration: 19 Jun 2000 → 20 Jun 2000
|Conference||World Engineers' Convention 2000|
|Period||19/06/2000 → 20/06/2000|