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Professor:

Prof. dr. ir. Philomena M. Bluyssen

Staff:

Dr Celine Roda

Ing. Stanley Kurvers

Indoor Environment

The focus of the Chair indoor environment is people and their health and comfort, influenced by buildings and environmental factors, indoors and outdoors. Key is the assessment and control of the effect of the combination of environmental parameters (thermal, acoustical, lighting and air quality) on people and the built environment, in order to turn the negative effect around into a positive experience.

People spend 80-90% of their time indoors. Diseases and disorders related to indoor exposure have increased. The challenge of today lies in the accomplishment of sustainable and low-energy built environment and at the same time healthy and comfortable built environment.

In order to be able to understand and improve the indoor environment better, we need to acknowledge the fact that the indoor environment is more than the sum of its parts, and that its assessment has to start from human beings rather than benchmarks (of single-dose relationships).

Education

Education activities are therefore foremost focussed on creating awareness of the effects of different indoor environment conditions on people’s health and comfort, and simple means to improve one’s own environment, based on two books:

-          The Indoor environment handbook: How to make buildings health and comfortable.

-          The Healthy indoor environment: How to assess occupants’ wellbeing in buildings.

People spend 80-90% of their time indoors. Diseases and disorders related to indoor exposure have increased. The challenge of today lies in the accomplishment of sustainable and low-energy built environment and at the same time healthy and comfortable built environment.

Research Strategy

Four themes and related questions to be answered have been defined to contribute to this understanding of the indoor environment. The research strategy of the chair tackles the four themes and related questions, from basic to applied research to innovations. In cooperation with the section Climate Design

 1.    Mechanisms - Human model: How and when do people respond to external stressors?

2.    Assessment – indicators: Which parameters or indicators and assessment methods can be used to explain the effects or responses?

3.    Analysis – risk/opportunity model: Is it possible to define a risk/opportunity model for health and comfort in the indoor environment?

4.    Practical approach: What do we need to make optimal choices, also in relation to other values (e.g. sustainability, affordability), which can be implemented efficiently?

Facilities

Because it is crucial to experiencing through your own senses how different indoor environments with different conditions feel, currently the first ideas for building a Sense lab are being realised.

 

 

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