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Indoor Climate and Climate Change

The connections between climate change and indoor climate are strong but not generally recognized. Climate change impacts local and regional atmospheric conditions including air quality and thermal conditions. Building climate control must respond to local climate and air quality to protect human health and support buildings’ functional uses.

Good indoor climate protects humans against local air pollution and the severe consequences of climate change. Technologies to control indoor climate requiring fossil fuel energy increase pollutant emissions including greenhouse gases; thus, indoor climate control impacts indoor and ambient air quality as well as global climate. Protecting humans and other living systems from the impacts of climate change involves adaptation and mitigation of the local and regional effects. Understanding and considering impacts of indoor climate control on regional air quality and global climate can reduce the negative impacts of building technology on building occupants as well as the entire global environment.


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