10th February 2015

Thursday 12th February 2015 between 1pm and 2pm (GMT).

"The success of a building depends on many things, but a prominent consideration is the health and wellbeing of its occupants.

The World Health Organization defines human health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Accordingly, there is a need to consider each of these five factors for all occupants of a building in order to keep them healthy. This is demanding because there are many stimuli, such as the thermal conditions, air quality, noise, and light, which affect each occupant differently. Furthermore, occupants' perceptions of these stimuli may be affected by their demography, environment, cognition, and context. It is little wonder that the realisation of occupant satisfaction with their indoor environment has been described as a socio-cultural achievement.

The costs of ignoring this issue are tangible and considerable for businesses and governments; businesses must cover the cost of absenteeism and reduced productivity, whereas governments must bear the burden imposed on their health care and social security systems.

The challenge to Engineers is significant and so the CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group invites you to join its panel to discuss the health and wellbeing of occupants of buildings on Thursday 12th February 2015 between 1300-1400hrs.

You, the audience, will be encouraged to pose questions via email".

For full details and registration see www.cibse.org/nvg

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