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Quality Indoor Environments and Sustainable Buildings -- Can We Have Them Both?

The quality of the indoor environment and the impact of the built environment on sustainability have been discussed increasingly in recent years, yet little has changed in the fundamental relationships between Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), assessment of indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and sustainability.

POEs have focused very little on indoor air quality (IAQ), one of the most important factors in IEQ and arguably a major component of sustainability. Buildings’ impacts on occupant comfort, health and well-being have not become significant factors in assessment of building sustainability. Two major components of IEQ -- indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal conditions – are strongly dependent on outdoor air quality, weather, and ventilation. The impacts and implications of the increased concern about sustainability are not sufficiently connected in practice. Finally, some comments are made regarding development of more robust assessment of IAQ and sustainability that might be useful in POEs.


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