February 2017
Newsletter

Call for proposals to host ISIAQ International Healthy Buildings 2019 Regional Conferences

The ISIAQ Board of Directors invites proposals to host ISIAQ International Healthy Buildings 2019 Regional Conferences. Proposals are solicited for conferences to be held in the following (traditional) regions: Asia and Pacific Rim and Americas.  Europe is not included in the call since ISIAQ is preparing a joint-conference with the International Society of Exposure Science in Europe in 2019.

If you are interested, read the Call Details and reply by 1st of July 2017.  Have a question?  Write to:  info@isiaq.org.

 

Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings in the European Union: A Review

EU Member States have been developing policies and measures to reduce the energy consumption of their buildings.  The Energy Performance Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU) requires Member States to consider how high-energy performance impacts general indoor climate conditions, to avoid possible negative effects such as inadequate ventilation or poor indoor air quality. This report reviews the existing studies, reports and investigations which have been examining the impact of high energy performance on indoor air quality. Moreover it provides recommendations on how to establish healthy and energy-efficient buildings in the European Union.EU Member States have been developing policies and measures to reduce the energy consumption of their buildings.

Read the full report
 

PhD Dissertation: Personal Control over Indoor Climate, Impact on Comfort, Health and Productivity

Atze Boerstra, honorary member of ISIAQ.nl and vice-president of REHVA, defended on September 8, 2016 his thesis entitled, “Personal Control over Indoor Climate, Impact on Comfort, Health and Productivity.”

The research objectives were to examine the relationships between 1) availability and quality of HVAC/building-related control devices in office buildings and perceived control over the indoor climate; 2) perceived control over the indoor climate and satisfaction, comfort and health of office workers; and 3) perceived control over the indoor climate and self-assessed performance, objectively measured performance and self-assessed sick leave of office workers. The thesis combined a database analysis, a field survey and a laboratory study.

The results from these different approaches support the hypothesis that control over one’s indoor climate alters one’s reactions to that indoor climate. The mechanism involved was not totally explained and further research is needed in close cooperation with environmental psychologists and social scientists to explore in more detail how control over indoor climate effects comfort, health and task performance.

Want to know more? Download the thesis via the link: http://repository.tue.nl/850541

 

Job Opportunity: Full Professor/Associate Professor in Indoor Environment and Climate Technology, Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society.  Chalmers is strengthening the Division of Building Services Engineering with a new professor who will lead the research and education.  The main focus of this Division is the indoor environment and energy used in buildings.  The application deadline is 19 March, 2017

Application procedure and more information is available at:  http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/vacancies/Pages/default.aspx?rmpage=job&rmjob=4721.

 
 
ISIAQ - February 2017