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An Extensive Collection of Evaluation Indicators to Assess Occupants’ Health and Comfort in Indoor Environment

Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering, University of Pisa, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(1), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11010090
Received: 26 November 2019 / Revised: 23 December 2019 / Accepted: 4 January 2020 / Published: 12 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Indoor Thermal Comfort)
Today, the effects of the indoor environment on occupants’ health and comfort represent a very important topic and requires a holistic approach in which the four main environmental factors (thermal comfort, air quality, acoustics, and lighting) should be simultaneously assessed. The present paper shows the results of a literature survey that aimed to collect the indicators for the evaluation of occupants’ health and comfort in indoor environmental quality evaluations. A broad number of papers that propose the indicators of a specific environmental factor is available in the scientific literature, but a review that collects the indicators of all four factors is lacking. In this review paper, the difference between indicators for the evaluation of risk for human health and for comfort evaluation is clarified. For each environmental factor, the risk for human health indicators are proposed with the relative threshold values, and the human comfort indicators are grouped into categories according to the number of parameters included, or the specific field of application for which they are proposed. Furthermore, the differences between human health and comfort indicators are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: health and comfort; evaluation indicators; work environments; indoor environmental quality; indoor comfort; human health health and comfort; evaluation indicators; work environments; indoor environmental quality; indoor comfort; human health
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Fantozzi, F.; Rocca, M. An Extensive Collection of Evaluation Indicators to Assess Occupants’ Health and Comfort in Indoor Environment. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 90.

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