The need for understanding indoor environmental factors and its effects on occupants through an integrated analysis

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


Lecture at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Research has shown that, even though the conditions seem to comply with current standards for indoor environment quality (IEQ) based on single-dose response relationships, staying indoors is not good for our health. In our current standards, IEQ is still described with quantitative dose-related indicators, expressed in number and/or ranges of numbers for each of the factors (indoor air, lighting, acoustics a aspects). Individual differences in needs and preference of occupants (over time) are not accounted for. Other stressors and factors, whether of psychological, physiological, personal, social or environmental nature, are rarely considered.
Interactions of stressors and effects at and between human and environment level are ignored. The focus is on preventing negative effects: positive effects are usually not considered.
This talk will introduce the so-called integrated analysis approach for assessing IEQ, which takes account of the combined effects of positive and negative stress factors in buildings on people (patterns), interactions, as well as the (dynamic) preferences and needs of occupants (profiles) and dynamics of the environment.
Period13 Dec 2019
Held atTsinghua University, China