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Indoor Environment Handbook: Making Buildings Healthy and Comfortable

Philomena Bluyssen

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 384

  • Publisher: Earthscan/RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Oct 2009

  • Stock Code: 70450

  • ISBN: 9781844077878

  • Binding: Hardback

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Ensuring that buildings are healthy and comfortable for their occupants is a primary concern of all architects and building engineers. This highly practical handbook will help make that process more efficient and effective.

It begins with a guide to how the human body (and mind) react to indoor environmental conditions, explaining the problems that can result from poor design, and indicating optimum (benchmark) responses.

It then moves on to give a background to the development of the study and control of the indoor environment, examining the main considerations (including temperature, light, ventilation and noise) for a healthy and comfortable indoor environment and discussing the drivers for change in the field.

The final section presents a newly developed 'top down' or systemic approach, where meeting the wishes and demands of the occupants with a holistic strategy becomes the overriding priority.

The book is filled with useful facts, figures and analysis, and practical methods which designers who are keen to assess and improve the user experience of their buildings will find invaluable and can begin using straight away.

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About the Author

Philomena Bluyssen

Philomena M. Bluyssen works with TNO Built Environment and Geosciences. She has written more than 140 publications and has coordinated several European funded projects on indoor environment, including the European Audit project and the recent European HealthyAir project.

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