Unit 3 - Indoor environment

Levin, Hal (United States) / Bogaki, Kazuaki (Japan)

From the perspective of environmental sustainability of buildings, the discussion of indoor environment quality must be among the most important topics to be addressed. The impact of the built environment on occupants is part of a complete “building ecology” perspective that considers the dynamic interdependence of building, occupants, and environment. The improvement of environmental sustainability of building requires careful consideration of measures intended to improve indoor air quality that involve increased energy and other resource consumption and the potential associated pollutant emissions. Therefore, it is necessary to balance various factors while considering the total environment. Furthermore, by respecting the differences of individual occupants’ physiology, psychology, and preferences, it is necessary to develop benchmarking of indoor environment that is appropriate for the improvement of environment while respecting diverse individual occupants. Finally, problems in developing as well as developed regions must be addressed in a manner appropriate to the physical, cultural, and environmental issues specific to each distinct region.
Based on these issues, the indoor environment sessions will focus on following points:

  • Examples of indoor environment benchmarking and its target setting,
  • Assessment systems for measuring the effect of improvements on indoor environmental quality (such as occupant perception of the environment, occupant health, comfort, and productivity
  • Development of innovative technologies for the improvement of indoor environment, and
  • Approaches to measure the trade-offs between indoor environmental improvement and the related impacts on the general environment.
  • Lessons resulting from these activities for the practice of sustainable building design, construction, and operation.
  • Problems of indoor environment in the developing regions.
  • Measures to improve indoor environmental quality & sustainability of buildings in developing regions.


Titles of the papers and the names of the authors:
Some authors have made their presentation materials available for viewing.

03-001 Methodology for comfortable environment of traditional urban house
Masato Yamazaki, Japan
03-002 Responses to sustainable design - User perceptions of eight academic and library buildings
George Baird, New Zealand
03-003 Workplace ecology: Evaluating sustainable architecture
Scott Drake, Australia
03-004 A study on improvement of indoor relative humidity in office buildings during heating operation in winter
Shigehiro Ichinose, Japan
03-005 Parametric assessment to reduce thermal overheating in double skin facades
Mauricio Hernandez, United Kingdom
03-006 Field survey of indoor air quality and health hazards in 53 sick houses
Hiroshi Yoshino, Japan
03-007 Research on the possibility of using colored lights to improve energy saving of lighting
Ming-yeh Hsieh, Japan
03-008 The influence of side exhaust systems on indoor air environment in conventional kitchens in Taiwan
Chi-ming Lai, Taiwan
03-009 Improving indoor environmental quality and energy performance of modular classroom HVAC systems
Michael Apte, United States of America
03-010 Indoor air quality indicators for the green globe benchmarking system for tourism companies and new developments
Gautam Chattopadhyay, Australia
03-011 Methodology for natural ventilation design for high-rise buildings in hot and humid climate
Pow Chew Wong, Australia
presentation material [pdf]
03-012 Measurement and analysis of indoor air parameters of an emporium with atrium
Bing Wei, China
03-013 Environmental performance evaluation in membranes structures
Giselly Marchesi Bianchi, Brazil
03-014 Reduction in energy consumption by air-conditioner in residences under hot and humid climates
Tomoko Uno, Japan
03-015 Architectural qualities for violence-free houses: Case Colima, Mexico.
Gomez-Azpeitia Gabriel, Mexico
presentation material [pdf]
03-016 EU Reshyvent cluster project on demand controlled hybrid ventilation and integration of renewables - Final results
Peter Op't Veld, Netherlands
03-017 Sustainable office located in urban area introducing natural environment - Planning and assessment -
Yasuhiro Shiratori, Japan
03-018 Countermeasures against sick building syndrome promoted with interdisciplinary approach by a nonprofit organization (NPO) in Japan.
Tetsuo Shirase, Japan
03-019 Indoor air pollution inspection and analysis at the ticket hall in Guangzhou railway station
Qingqing Pei, China
03-020 Research on adujsting behavior and consciousness of lighting environment
Masatoshi Adachi, Japan
03-021 Frequency characteristics of interior noises in houses
Shih-Pin Huang, Taiwan
03-022 An integrated methodology for improving moisture performance of buildings
Antonia Moropoulou, Greece
03-023 Analysis on the hygrothermal environment of crawlspaces to prevent moisture damage based upon combined simulation of heat, air and moisture transfer
Akihito Ozaki, Japan
03-024 Field survey on thermal sensation of visitors to museum in summer
Ikue Mori, Japan
03-025 Material control strategy based on risk assessment in Taiwan office buildings
Yen-Yi Li, Taiwan
03-026 An experimental study on the noise reductive characteristics of indoor foliage plants
Hye Na Park, Republic of Korea
03-027 Harnessing comfort through climate. Performance of the HOLCIM building. A case study in Costa Rica
Bruno Stagno, Costa Rica
03-028 Sustainability and the protection against noise in building and its surrounding
Jacek Nurzynski, Poland
03-029 Indoor environment and sustainable buildings
Hal Levin, United States of America
03-030 The evaluation on indoor thermal comfort index
Yingbai Xie, China
03-031 Field investigation and analysis on winter thermal comfort in cold area market building
Yu Haibo, China
03-032 Study of active carbon and nano-titanium dioxide photocatalysis technique to eliminate tiny contaminants in air
Yuan Quan, China
03-033 The effect on the indoor environment by VOC emission from the hardened coating film.
Masashi Sakurada, Japan
03-034 Decision aid-tool to choose building products introducing their environmental and health characteristics
Sabrina Lemaire, France
03-035 Natural cooling and ventilation of contemporary residential homes in Malaysia: Impact on indoor thermal comfort
Azni Zain-Ahmed, Malaysia