We spend around 90% of our time indoors, with 65% of this spent at home , so it’s fair to say that our homes, where we spend so much time, can have a significant impact on our comfort, health and wellbeing.
Architects and engineers have increasingly been focusing on the question of how to achieve a healthier indoor home environment to contribute to our overall feelings of comfort and whilst at home and the subsequent affect this will have on improving our wellbeing.
But the relationship between people and their home environments are complex, with many factors potentially affecting our comfort, health and our wellbeing. Within a building, various conditions are required to enable people to be comfortable:
THERMAL COMFORT: determined by air temperature, humidity, draughts etc
ACOUSTIC COMFORT: determined by parameters such as noise from outdoors, or from adjoining neighbours, clarity of hearing, speech intelligibility etc
VISUAL COMFORT: determined by factors such as view, light quality, luminosity, glare etc
INDOOR AIR COMFORT: determined by indoor air quality parameters such as fresh air supply, pollutants, odours, etc.
The four factors of thermal, acoustic, visual and indoor air comfort in buildings are better understood today than ever before. However, in combination, these factors become powerful tools for designing happy, healthy, energy-efficient buildings that deliver all-round positive wellbeing effects for everyone.