Indoor air quality during lockdown: Towards a new health-integrated modelling framework
Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists
Date and Time:
October 20th, 2021 – Noon to 1:00 p.m. MT
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Throughout the world governments instituted a variety of measures to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 and improve public health. In the UK that took the shape of a nationwide lockdown as of the 23rd of March 2020. This mandate continued until the 13th of June. These restrictions led to atypical patterns of home occupancy, the implications of which are still unknown.
The work shown in this presentation took advantage of an existing IAQ and window operation monitoring study taking place in east London, UK. One-year’s worth of monitored data on indoor and outdoor environment parameters along with occupant use of windows was used to analyze the impact of lockdown on IAQ and infer probabilistic models of window operation behavior. Moreover, using on-site CO2 data, monitored occupancy and operation of windows, the team calibrated a thermal performance model of one of the spaces to investigate the implications of alternative ventilation strategies.
The use of this type of model, one in which energy, thermal, and air quality performance is integrated has great potential to be used to better understand how changes in our built environment impact health, and at what cost. A conceptual framework for modelling health impact into the built environment will also be introduced.