Indoor environment in the 21st century: impact on human productivity, health and comfort

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. Comprehensive field studies in Europe, Asia and America 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 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; "personalized ventilation", i.e. 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. It is foreseen that these principles of excellence will be combined with strong efforts to improve energy efficiency and sustainability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Air Nova 2002
    Place of PublicationForschung & Technologietransfer Pinkafeld GmbH
    Publication date2002
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventAir Nova 2002 - Pinkafeld, Austria
    Duration: 14 Nov 200215 Nov 2002


    ConferenceAir Nova 2002


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