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Impact of indoor environmental quality on occupant well-being and comfort : a review of the literature

AlHorr, Y, Arif, M, Katafygiotou, M, Mazroei, A, Kaushik, A and Elsarrag, E 2016, 'Impact of indoor environmental quality on occupant well-being and comfort : a review of the literature' , International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, 5 (1) , pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and its effect on occupant well-being and comfort is an important area of study. This paper presents a state of the art study through extensive review of the literature, by establishing links between IEQs and occupant well-being and comfort. A range of issues such as sick building syndrome, indoor air quality thermal comfort, visual comfort and acoustic comfort are considered in this paper. The complexity of the relationship between occupant comfort and well-being parameters with IEQ are further exacerbated due to relationships that these parameters have with each other as well. Based on the review of literature in these areas it is established that design of buildings needs to consider occupant well-being parameters right at the beginning. Some good practices in all these different areas have also been highlighted and documented in this paper. The knowledge established as part of this paper would be helpful for researchers, designer, engineers and facilities maintenance engineers. This paper will also be of great benefit to researchers who endeavour to undertake research in this area and could act as a good starting point for them. Keywords Occupant well-being; Indoor environment quality; Occupant comfort; Offices; Green buildings

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2212-6090
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Funders: Qatar National Research Foundation
Depositing User: M Arif
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 13:48
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 14:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39008

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