Human requirements in future air-conditioned environments

Povl Ole Fanger

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    Air-conditioning of buildings has played a very positive role for economic development in warm climates. Still its image is globally mixed. Field studies demonstrate that there are substantial numbers of dissatisfied people in many buildings, among them those suffering from SBS symptoms, even though existing standards and guidelines are met. A paradigm shift from rather mediocre to excellent indoor environments is foreseen in buildings in the 21st century. Based on existing information and on new research results, five principles are suggested as elements behind a new philosophy of excellence in the built environment: better indoor air quality increases productivity and decreases SBS symptoms; unnecessary indoor pollution sources should be avoided; the air should be served cool and dry to the occupants; personalized ventilation, i.e. small amounts of clean air, should be provided gently, close to the breathing zone of each individual; individual control of the airflow and/or the thermal environment should be provided. These principles of excellence should be combined with energy efficiency and sustainability of future buildings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Advances in Building Technology
    Number of pages1896
    Publication date2002
    ISBN (Print)00-80-44100-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventInternational Conference on Advances in Building Technology - Hong Kong, China
    Duration: 1 Jan 2002 → …


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Building Technology
    CityHong Kong, China
    Period01/01/2002 → …


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