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Healthy indoor environments : The need for a holistic approach

Author:
  • Aneta Wierzbicka
  • Eja Pedersen
  • Roger Persson
  • Birgitta Nordquist
  • Kristian Stålne
  • Chuansi Gao
  • Lars Erik Harderup
  • Jonas Borell
  • Héctor Caltenco
  • Barry Ness
  • Emilie Stroh
  • Yujing Li
  • Mats Dahlblom
  • Karin Lundgren-Kownacki
  • Christina Isaxon
  • Anders Gudmundsson
  • Pawel Wargocki
Publishing year: 2018-09-01
Language: English
Publication/Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 15
Issue: 9
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: MDPI AG

Abstract english

Indoor environments have a large impact on health and well-being, so it is important to understand what makes them healthy and sustainable. There is substantial knowledge on individual factors and their effects, though understanding how factors interact and what role occupants play in these interactions (both causative and receptive) is lacking. We aimed to: (i) explore interactions between factors and potential risks if these are not considered from holistic perspective; and (ii) identify components needed to advance research on indoor environments. The paper is based on collaboration between researchers from disciplines covering technical, behavioural, and medical perspectives. Outcomes were identified through literature reviews, discussions and workshops with invited experts and representatives from various stakeholder groups. Four themes emerged and were discussed with an emphasis on occupant health: (a) the bio-psycho-social aspects of health; (b) interaction between occupants, buildings and indoor environment; (c) climate change and its impact on indoor environment quality, thermal comfort and health; and (d) energy efficiency measures and indoor environment. To advance the relevant research, the indoor environment must be considered a dynamic and complex system with multiple interactions. This calls for a transdisciplinary and holistic approach and effective collaboration with various stakeholders.

Keywords

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health
  • Healthy indoor environment
  • Holistic approach
  • Indoor environment quality
  • Multidisciplinary studies

Other

Published
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Environment, Society and Health
  • Genetic Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • ISSN: 1661-7827
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry [dot] ness [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

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LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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Associate professor

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 46 222 48 09

+46 70 259 02 57

Wrangel, 113

Wrangel, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

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Introduction

Barry Ness is Associate Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and Director of Studies of the PhD Research School. He is also the Director of the local interaction platform in Skåne for the Mistra Urban Futures project, and, and the editor-in-chief of Challenges in Sustainability (Librello Publishing). His current research interests include inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for both comprehending and addressing complex sustainability challenges.

He is also a researcher and work package leader for the Globally and Locally-sustainable Food-Water-Energy Innovation in Urban Living Labs (GLOCULL) project, focusing on creating an urban living lab approach for the food-water-energy nexus. Barry is also a project researcher in LUCID project and the TRANSFORM project (starting autumn 2018). 


 

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