Health and Wellness in Buildings: Addressing Challenges Now and in the Future

Health and Wellness in Buildings: Addressing Challenges Now and in the Future


May 2021

Many factors account for what makes a building healthy. Humidity levels, air ventilation, temperature, lighting, the presence of chemical-emitting materials, and plumbing all affect the health of the occupants of any building. Yet since the 1970s, buildings have been constructed to be airtight and more energy efficient. However, some of these changes have unintentionally led to negative impacts, such as decreased ventilation. Although these methods of building construction sometimes lower the cost of maintenance, it is important to consider their effects on health by assessing the impact of IEQ on building occupants. And although many new buildings are energy efficient while considering IEQ, a lack of ongoing performance metrics allows IEQ to drift out of focus. This e-book examines what healthy buildings are, why they are important and how to maintain healthy buildings that can increase occupant satisfaction.

 

Keywords: UL, Health, Wellness, Buildings, Construction


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