Modern buildings, domestic and commercial, have attempted to reduce their energy requirements by improving the airtightness of the envelope and increasing the thickness of insulation. However, this trend has developed simultaneously with increased use of synthetic materials in construction, furnishings and decorations, which give off volatile organic compounds, and increasing living standards which result in higher indoor temperature and moisture generation rates within homes. The result has been a reduction in indoor air quality which directly affects occupant health and increasing problems of dampness in homes, particularly for the poor.
|Title of host publication||Sustainable Building|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of a mini-conference held on 516 February 1997 at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|Event||Sustainable Building - Abingdon, United Kingdom|
Duration: 5 Feb 1997 → 6 Feb 1997
|Period||5/02/97 → 6/02/97|