Chapter 10

HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

The design thrust of a home with a healthy indoor environment is to ensure the occupants’ health and comfort. Aspects such as lighting, ventilation, temperature control and pollutants, among others, are considered in order to prevent conditions that can occur in poorly designed spaces. This can be a challenging task since the standards of comfort are subjective. Despite these variations, there are four key factors that are vital to the design of a space in most situations: thermal comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ)/ventilation and materials selection, each of which will be elaborated on below.

At the outset, a healthy indoor environment must be thermally comfortable. A properly designed ...

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