Prof. Licina was a guest of the new US video show & podcast called “Indoor Environments: Global Research to Action” that explores how research can be translated to practice on a variety of topics related to our built indoor environments. The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) and the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA) have partnered with Healthy Indoors® /IAQNET LLC to create this unique show.
During the show, key questions explored included:
- How to energy policies for building retrofits and new construction impact indoor environments?
- Are energy and IEQ indeed in conflict or not?
- What are the strategies we can think of to jointly tackle both energy and indoor air quality/thermal comfort?
- What is the role of current green labelling schemes?
Prof. Licina, head of HOBEL Lab created in 2018, explained how he and the 12 members of his team are studying interactions between people and buildings by ensuring good air quality with minimum energy use.
In the construction industry, there is a risk that climate change and energy crises pushed the stakeholders involved to focus too much on energy efficiency at the expense of air quality. However low-cost intelligent systems and other strategies can be developed to tackle both challenges. Moreover during the Covid19 pandemic everyone realized even more how important the air quality is, especially in the indoor environment.
The show can be watched below:
-heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC
-health and comfort in buildings