Human requirements in future air-conditioned environments

Povl Ole Fanger

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    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. Based on existing information and on new research results, five principles are suggested as elements behind a new philosophy of excellence: 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; small amounts of clean air should be served gently, close to the breathing zone of each individual; individual control of the thermal environment should be provided. These principles of excellence are compatible with energy efficiency and sustainability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProc. of IIR/IIF Congress of Refrigeration
    Publication date1999
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    EventIIR/IIF Congress of Refrigeration - Sydney
    Duration: 1 Jan 1999 → …


    ConferenceIIR/IIF Congress of Refrigeration
    Period01/01/1999 → …

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