This article as a summary of interesting thoughts from the article on International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) elected new president from the REHVA Journal issued in October 2012. For full article read the REHVA Journal.
Dr Pawel Wargocki from the Technical University of Denmark has become a president of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) for 2012-2014. ISIAQ is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments.
Pawel says that the biggest challenges for indoor air research lie in acquiring better acknowledge the interactions between different parameters indoors and interaction with outdoor environments as well as differences in the requirements regarding IEQ between people. So far the main point was focusing only on the impact of single parameters on humans but humans are constantly influenced by multiple various factors, rarely or never from the single factor. Our buildings should be more flexible so there is much better control of the environment and alter it to the human needs. Probably the way forward is the individual or personal control of IEQ and inclusions of behavior aspects and adaptation in the design.
The biggest risks in the indoor environment of European buildings according Pawel are: “I feel that the biggest risk is that too much emphasis is placed on energy especially in the so called low energy buildings, zero energy buildings or green buildings. Some of building certification scheme do not award many credits for high IEQ, they can be traded for credits in other categories not related to indoor environment and still the building can receive the top certificate. Sometimes I feel that in the quest for the most efficient building technologies that use as little energy as possible we simply forget that the buildings are not constructed to save energy but to promote high quality of life and furthermore to promote working performance and/or learning.”
On the most important actions EU should take, Pawel says: “The EU should mandate that IEQ is not compromised in all policies related with buildings and built environment especially these which concern reduction in energy use…. It should be mandated that the air that we breathe and is used for ventilation must be treated so that it does not endanger health, similarly as drinking water.”
Recently I have read this article and I must say that I have agreed with most of Pawel´s opinions regarding IAQ and energy in the EU focus. How about you?
Image is a logo of ISIAQ taken from www.isiaq.org.