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Overarching themes for the conference

  • Exposure phenomena:
    • Indoor chemistry (e.g. NOx, ozone, VOCs incl. SVOC, particles & aerosols)
    • Health effects: Indoor pathology (e.g. cancer, toxicology), indoor microbiology/microbiome, allergy, endocrinology, EMF/ions/radon
    • Comfort and Psychophysics: e.g. thermal comfort, odour, sound, daylight, and other human needs.
    • Behaviour and adaptation: preferences, comfort, productivity & adaptation​, psychosocial environment
  • Source control / exposure mitigation:
    • Future-proofing buildings for future pandemics. What we learned from COVID-19 pandemic response measures (ventilation etc.)
    • Building materials: Source control & exposure mitigation
    • Ventilation strategies and air cleaning (gaseous and particulate air filtration)
    • Climate change/adaptation (overheating, precipitation issues)
    • Urban issues: outdoor air quality, urban canyons & heat-island effect.
    • Moisture: Prevention (e.g. mould/rot), remediation (e.g. drying methods), humidification & dehumidification, building physics
    • Thermal environment: Heating, cooling, passive measures and thermal performance
    • Noise and acoustics
    • Actinic environment, including radon
  • Measurement methods / Sensor tech:
    • IAQ and IEQ sensor & instrumentation technology to monitor and control the indoor environment
    • IEQ compliance-checking / commissioning
    • Occupational hygiene & performance studies: Biosensors/-markers etc
  • Best-practice design and operation (buildings & HVAC):
    • Ventilation issues: e.g. design, criteria, commissioning, maintenance, hygiene, fan systems, hybrid/mixed-mode
    • Heating & Cooling: Low-exergy solutions, distribution, heat recovery, thermal energy storage (TES), passive cooling.
    • Domestic hot & cold water supply and waste water. Hygiene and energy use.
    • Methods for optimal design & operation of the built environment.
    • Building automation for individual-control and demand-control (ventilation, lighting), FDD (Fault Detection & Diagnosis), continuous commissioning, predicitve control and peak shaving.
    • Building-usability studies
    • Human-centred evaluation of new technology and building materials.
    • Health care buildings (hospitals, nursing homes, infectious disease measures)
  • Decarbonization/sustainable renovation:
    • Deep renovation of existing European building stock
    • Criteria & solutions for passive-house, nZEB, and plus-energy buildings
    • Digital tools (e.g. BIM/BuildSim/CFD) for design, operation and user-interaction
    • Energy use (predicted & real), costs & LCA (embodied energy) versus IEQ & health. Optimization.
  • Policy, regulation, compliance:
    • Statutory directives (e.g. EPBD), building codes
    • Standards, product documentation, labelling schemes
    • Voluntary codes of practice / building process

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