Last edited 12 Jul 2021

Indoor environmental quality

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[edit] Introduction

With people generally spending more time indoors, and buildings being more tightly constructed and isolated from the external environment, a greater importance is being placed on the indoor environment.

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a general indicator of the quality of conditions inside a building. It can also include functional aspects of space, for example whether the layout provides access to equipment when needed and whether the building has sufficient space for its occupants.

A better indoor environmental quality can enhance the wellbeing of building occupants and help decrease the occurrence of sick building syndrome and building related illness. It can also lead to a decrease in worker complaints and absenteeism which in turn can improve productivity.

[edit] Factors influencing indoor environmental quality

The indoor building environment is complex and there are a variety of factors that can influence its environmental quality.

[edit] Optimal indoor environmental quality design

In order to optimise indoor environmental quality, the design and development process should:

[edit] Building management to improve indoor environmental quality

There are a number of ways that the indoor environmental quality of existing buildings can be improved, including:

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