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The impact of human design decisions in structuring the indoor microbiome offers the possibility to use ecological knowledge to shape our buildings in a way that will select for an indoor microbiome that promotes our health and well-being.” Continue reading
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A LEED gold-certified building addition by Lord Aeck Sargent houses the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) and features some innovative sustainable design strategies. The two-story, exposed steel structure is clad with red brick and glass on the ground floor, a glass curtain wall wrapped around the upper floor’s east, south and west facades, and a rounded front on the... Continue reading
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Background: Indoor air pollutants (IAPs) cause multiple health impacts. Prioritizing mitigation options that differentially impact individual pollutants and comparing IAPs to other environmental health hazards requires a common metric of harm. Objectives: The objective was to demonstrate a methodology to quantify and compare health impacts from IAPs. The methodology is needed to assess population health impacts of large-scale initiatives –... Continue reading
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To put all construction industry knowledge in one place and make it available to everyone for free. Continue reading
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Amid mounting evidence that children are exquisitely sensitive to their environment-and that exposure during their developmental "windows of susceptibility" can trigger cellular changes that lead to disease and disability in infancy, childhood, and across the life span-there is a compelling need for continued scientific study of the relationship between children's health and environment. Continue reading
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The increasing importance of health issues for building services engineers needs to be emphasised Continue reading
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“Building science is, to a large extent, a “black box” to many students, as it involves many invisible physical processes such as thermal radiation, heat transfer, air flow, and moisture transport that are hard to imagine. But students must learn how these processes occur and interact within a building in order to understand how design, construction, operation, and maintenance affect them and, therefore, the wellbeing of the entire building Continue reading
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Overheating has become a major problem in building design. The rising cost of energy combined with global climate change has reduced the options available for building comfortable, low-energy buildings. Research has been directed towards methods for increasing indoor winter temperatures but this can lead to lightweight, highly insulated buildings that respond poorly in the summer Continue reading
Comfable is ideal for everybody who wants to know real time personalized “Feels Like” temperature for planning what to wear and where and when to go. Continue reading
Incidentally Lloyd, I've added TreeHugger to our Friends of Industry list...if you feel moved to provide a logo I can link the logo rather than just the text. Cheers, RB
According to the Dialog website, "The atrium and extensive lobby areas are heated and cooled with a radiant chilled/heated slab system" and elsewhere by ceiling panels. Not sure if you had a chance Lloyd to walk around but generally the "flat" ceiling planes had ceiling panels and the sloped ceiling planes had in-floor. The ventilation could range between 8 and 19 cfm/pp outdoor air depending on how it was classified. re: doesn't the fresh air requirement completely dominate? Without knowing more about how the space was classified its hard to say... If anyone from Dialog shows up it'll likely be over at our Linked-In group discussion. There is a high probability I'll run into Tim McGinn, P.Eng. Principal with Dialog at our upcoming ASHRAE meetings in Denver...will try to remember to ask him [;@)
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Rather than a typical, forced-air ventilation and cooling system, the building incorporates displacement ventilation and radiant panels to distribute fresh air and highly effective heating and cooling for visitor comfort. Continue reading
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We hope that this Note will contribute in some small way to the creation of better buildings, healthier indoor environments and energy conservation, thus serve the broad aims of PLEA and a sustainable future. Continue reading
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The European Year of Air 2013 and the expected revision of the ambient air legislation mark an appropriate moment to stress the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and place it in the heart of the energy efficiency strategy. Continue reading
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As experienced researchers in the effects of thermal comfort and indoor air quality on performance, we are often asked to give our best estimate of how, and to what extent, performance is affected by different aspects of indoor climate. Continue reading
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Housing investment which improves thermal comfort in the home can lead to health improvements, especially where the improvements are targeted at those with inadequate warmth and those with chronic respiratory disease. Continue reading
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Some featured IEQ articles from the current issue: Heat / Energy Recovery Ventilators protocol for better IAQ in residential buildings Residential energy-efficient moisture control through ERV Displacement ventilation in Canada – what’s next? Proposed Code changes to address airborne sound transmission supported by NRC research Related articles Window to Wall Ratio's: Impact on energy and IEQ Advancing Science, Technology, Engineering... Continue reading
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Sam and Cheryll & the Rock House team - the Überesses of interior design and “At Home” radio. Continue reading
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On earth and in space, buildings and their related infrastructure must operate in an environment with constrained resources (both financial and physical) Continue reading
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Integrated health, on the other hand, represents an approach to individual and population health which respects and includes all areas, such as the physical and social environment, education, agriculture and architecture. I know that this is a somewhat wider definition of integration than commonly used, but I want to argue that a successful health service needs to embrace this broader and more complex concept of integration Continue reading
<p> RBc: Windows...love em and hate em...too many and you feel like you are in an Easy Bake Oven...not enough and you get sensory deprivation. Continue reading
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Indoor environments that are too hot, too cold or draughty create discomfort and lower human productivity. Continue reading
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The Center for the Built Environment have developed a web-based graphical user interface for thermal comfort prediction according to ASHRAE Standard-55. Continue reading
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HVAC trade schools along with architectural and engineering programs should teach the basics in human anatomy and physiology Continue reading