In this week's issue of News Review we've published an edited version of Building Management Systems: Improving building performance and occupant health and wellbeing by Paul Hicks, Sustainability & Design Manager at VELUX.
Hicks begins: "There is no doubt that sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable technology will be major drivers in the future direction of the UK construction industry, which is partly about reducing carbon emissions and our impact on the environment, partly about reducing dependency on fossil fuels and partly about developing a workable infrastructure for future low energy building solutions.
"However, one area still appears to be overlooked in the desire to achieve low/zero carbon building solutions, and that is the quality of the indoor environment which has a direct effect on our health well being. In the EU today, we spend 90% of our time indoors, in buildings where we consume over 40% of the total energy use. In addition, up to 30% of the current building stock does not contribute to nor provide a healthy indoor climate. Therefore, looking into a future perspective of how we construct and renovate buildings, it is necessary to consider climate change, resource supply and human health."
Click here to read the article as it appears in News Review.