Technologically dependent ventilation in a temperate climate- a UK case study

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Abstract

A fundamental shift in sustainable design thinking and practice has occurred over the last few decades. In particular, the increasing application of heat recovery ventilation (MVHR) is changing the way we envisage the home environment. Instead of passive, adaptive spaces, there is an increasing trend towards the creation of airtight envelopes, where dependence is placed on technological devices to condition the interior environment. This dependence however presents a number of challenges and risks that are of particular concern in a social housing context. This paper discusses the inherent challenges of technologically dependent ventilation in airtight housing in a temperate climate in Scotland. A door-to-door survey was conducted in 36 homes which investigated occupant behaviour and perceptions of ventilation in their home. The study identified issues with occupant use and control of ventilation, with particular concerns relating to the perception of MVHR systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndoor Air 2016, The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Event Indoor Air 2016, The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 3 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Conference

Conference Indoor Air 2016, The 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Abbreviated titleIA2016
CountryBelgium
CityGhent
Period3/07/168/07/16

Keywords

  • heat recovery ventilation
  • household survey
  • social housing
  • occupant use
  • perceptions

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