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The Healthy Indoor Environment: How to assess occupants' wellbeing in buildings Hardcover – 12 Nov 2013


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The author of this book does not start from the more conventional points of departure, like the possibilities provided by new theories or technologies, nor does the book start from the most problematic aspects in assessing Indoor Environmental Quality. It starts were it should start: with people, us building occupants. Occupants are put central in this multi-disciplinary quest on how to analyse and assess IEQ in order to ameliorate conditions in buildings. From this perspective it gives an overview of all possible approaches. Therefore it is highly recommended to everyone interested in how to assess occupants’ well-being in buildings. Professor Mieke Oostra, Hanzehogeschool Groningen University of Applied Sciences

'Everybody' knows that in some buildings we feel good and in others we do not. We know a lot about the determinants of indoor environment, and yet we are unable to predict which buildings we will thrive in. Professor Bluyssen’s book offers a not-so-common occupant-centric point of view. In nine well-documented chapters, the reader is lead through the background of the various disciplines needed to understand indoor environment. All this wealth of information is accompanied by contextual glimpses and a personal touch, conveying the passion with which the book was conceived and executed. Enjoyable reading, all the time reminding us that 'our' scientific discipline lives in a wider context, and that after all, buildings are built for people, not the other way round. Dr Alena Bortonava, Center for Ecology and Economics at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research

I found The Healthy Indoor Environment a fascinating and informative volume, from which I have learned much about the investigation of buildings and their effects on occupant well-being. Its (intentional) focus on well-being as opposed to task performance means that it speaks primarily to occupational health rather than ergonomics in the broadest sense of the term…Denham Phipps, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

About the Author

Philomena M. Bluyssen started as a full Professor of Indoor Environment at the Delft University of Technology in 2012 after more than two decades working for TNO in Delft, The Netherlands. She has written more than 170 publications and won the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Titles of 2010 for the Indoor Environment Handbook (also published by Earthscan from Routledge).

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