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A Priority Agenda for Energy-Related Indoor Environmental Quality Research

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and building energy use are both strongly influenced by a building's design, construction, operation, and maintenance, by the activities of occupants, and by outdoor environmental conditions. Consequently, energy-efficiency measures may degrade IEQ, improve IEQ, or be IEQ neutral. Similarly, IEQ improvement measures may increase or decrease energy consumption or be energy neutral.

Given the many interactions between building energy performance and IEQ, these two issues must be addressed and researched in a coordinated manner. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the linkage of IEQ and energy use in the late 1970s and has since supported a modest size but important program of energy-related IEQ research. With the growing evidence that large health and productivity gains could be attained from practical improvements in IEQ, a group of state energy organizations represented by the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) has recently expressed their support for an expanded and coordinated program of energy-related IEQ research.


Fisk, W.J., G. Brager, M. Brook, H. Burge, J. Cole, J. Cummings, H. Levin, V. Loftness, T. Logee, M.J. Mendell, A. Persily, S. Taylor, J. Zhang, A priority agenda for energy-related indoor environmental quality research. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2002, Vol. 2, pp. 984-989.

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