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Ventilation and Indoor Air: Understanding airflows for human health
Tue 16 May 2017, 12:30 – 13:30 BST
Visitng Academic Research Seminar by Cath Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds.
We routinely characterise the performance of a building in terms of tangible, measurable parameters including energy consumption. This includes ventilation air flows, where often the objective is to ensure compliance with guidance and to satisfy comfort needs without using excess energy. However there is an increasing recognition that the impact of buildings on human health and wellbeing can be significant, and that ventilation plays a significant role in controlling thermal conditions and exposure to airborne contaminants.
This presentation considers how measurement and modelling approaches can be applied to assess ventilation effectiveness and risk of exposure to contaminants, including infectious microorganisms. Examples from several studies including assessment of naturally ventilated environments and air disinfection technologies are used to discuss how ventilation and health aspects can be quantified and to consider approaches for evaluating the trade-off between risks and energy performance.
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Fire Station (RT.0.25)
Sir Frank Gibb Building, Loughborough University