Advancements in Sustainable Architecture and Energy Efficiency
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Advancements in Sustainable Architecture and Energy Efficiency

Roberto A. González-Lezcano (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain)
Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781799870234|ISBN10: 1799870235|EISBN13: 9781799870258|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7023-4

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Thermal comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues have gained significant interest in the scientific and technical community involved in buildings’ performance analysis and other related subjects. In terms of thermal comfort, the achievement and maintenance of a thermally acceptable indoor environment is affected by energy costs, and energy poverty is a widespread problem globally. When discussing the indoor environment, one should also mention the role of acoustic and visual comfort; the term “indoor environmental quality” (IEQ) attempts to include all the above parameters. The inability to regulate these parameters leads not only to peoples’ discomfort and potential productivity loss, but it is strongly connected to health deterioration.

Energy sustainability is a challenge for a developed and sustainable world. The use of renewable energy has increased considerably in recent years, bringing with it new technical challenges for the energy sector. Consumers are key players in this context, as flexibility in demand is crucial to cope with the intermittent nature of most renewable energy sources. Active demand-side participation is particularly important to ensure the efficient use of locally and globally available energy. This book will address the different perspectives of energy consumption and demand to ensure sustainable energy, increased energy efficiency, improved energy policies and reasonable energy costs.

This book also will address a topic of great relevance today, taking into account that in developed countries, most of the time is spent indoors and, depending on each person, the presence in the home ranges from 60% to 90% of the day, and 30% of that time is spent sleeping. Taking into account these data, indoor residential environments have a direct influence on human health. Added to this in developing countries, significant levels of indoor pollution make housing unsafe, with an impact on the health of inhabitants. Housing is therefore a key health factor for people all over the world and various parameters such as air quality, ventilation, hygrothermal comfort, lighting, physical environment, building efficiency and others can contribute to healthy architecture, and the conditions that can result from the poor application of these parameters.

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