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Monitoring the indoor environment: wearables vs fixed sensors.
Topic: Building behaviour, health, Management, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment
Recommendations for promoting workplace health and wellbeing often include monitoring the indoor environment using wearable sensors. Our view is that a fixed sensor network is a better option as it records more parameters, does not depend on who is wearing what sensor and is less intrusive.Read More
Viruses indoors 5: The winter vomiting bug.
Topic: health, Office, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment
The winter vomiting bug is caused by the norovirus which spreads rapidly through aerosols and surfaces, survives for days or weeks between human hosts and is resistant to ammonia and alcohol-based cleaning products. We suggest that ultraviolet could be used to control its spread, especially public toilets and...Read More
Modernist architecture in the early 20th century adopted the Licht und Luft principle, maximising light and ventilation to combat tuberculosis. Amid another airborne disease pandemic, the same principles apply: the ultraviolet component of sunlight kills viruses and good ventilation is an established approach to limit...Read More
The modern urban environment is ideal for the transmission of respiratory viruses, which is why the common cold spreads so fast. COVID-19 spreads using the same mechanisms but is far more serious because it can cause pneumonia and long-term illnesses. Developing ways to limit the spread of viruses in the built...Read More
Viruses indoors 1: The urban incubator.
Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, COVID-19, Indoor environment
The urban environment facilitates respiratory virus transmission. COVID-19 is now the major threat but the common cold has long had a serious impact on wellbeing, personal income and the economy. The factors by which urban living aids virus transmission are known but little attempt has been made to address them.Read More
As Britain returns to work at the end of the lockdown period, we need to limit transmission of Covid-19 and other pathogens to avoid another major outbreak to properly ensure Britain's economic recovery.Read More
The UK government's Future Homes consultation aims to improve energy efficiency in British homes but gives little attention to the problem of overheating driven by the warming climate. We call for the proposed regulatory reforms to include design to avoid overheating alongside design for energy-efficient heating.Read More
The TM40 guide to wellbeing: a summary.
In March 2020, the Chartered Institute for Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) published an update to their TM40 guidelines titled Health and Wellbeing in Building Services. It discusses principles that place wellbeing at the centre of building design and management.Read More
Home lighting automation can improve your sleep schedule.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. Who hasn’t stared at the clock at 3am in despair, already anticipating tomorrow’s inevitable grogginess and irritation? But in fact, the need for good, regular sleep...Read More