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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 387; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020387

Advances in Residential Design Related to the Influence of Geomagnetism

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Theory and Design Department, School of Architecture, University of Navarre, 31009 Pamplona, Spain
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Departments, Public University of Navarre, 31006 Pamplona, Spain
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Building Constructions, Services, Structures Department, School of Architecture, University of Navarre, 31009 Pamplona, Spain
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Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 20 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
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Since the origin of the Modern Movement, there has been a basic commitment to improving housing conditions and the well-being of occupants, especially given the prediction that 2/3 of humanity will reside in cities by 2050. Moreover, a compact model of the city with tall buildings and urban densification at this scale will be generated. Continuous constructive and technological advances have developed solid foundations on safety, energy efficiency, habitability, and sustainability in housing design. However, studies on improving the quality of life in these areas continue to be a challenge for architects and engineers. This paper seeks to contribute health-related information to the study of residential design, specifically the influence of the geomagnetic field on its occupants. After compiling information on the effects of geomagnetic fields from different medical studies over 23 years, a case study of a 16-story high-rise building is presented, with the goal of proposing architectural design recommendations for long-term occupation in the same place. The purpose of the present work is three-fold: first, to characterize the geomagnetic field variability of buildings; second, to identify the causes and possible related mechanisms; and third, to define architectural criteria on the arrangement of uses and constructive elements for housing. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthy building; prevention residential uses; building design healthy building; prevention residential uses; building design
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Glaria, F.; Arnedo, I.; Sánchez-Ostiz, A. Advances in Residential Design Related to the Influence of Geomagnetism. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 387.

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