With so much time spent in buildings, improving the health of buildings we work and live in can greatly impact our quality of life.
Many factors account for what makes a building healthy. Humidity levels, air ventilation, temperature, lighting, the presence of chemical-emitting materials and plumbing all affect the health of the occupants of any building.
Yet since the 1970s, buildings have been constructed to be airtight and more energy efficient. However, some of these changes have unintentionally led to negative impacts, such as decreased ventilation. Although these methods of building construction sometimes lower the cost of maintenance, it is important to consider their effects on health by assessing the impact of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on building occupants. And although many new buildings are energy efficient while considering IEQ, a lack of ongoing performance metrics allows IEQ to drift out of focus.
In this e-book, UL’s experts examine what healthy buildings are, why they are important and how to maintain healthy buildings that can increase occupant satisfaction. To download the full content, please fill out the form below.