The Building Services Engineering Research and Technology (BSERT) journal is planning a special issue on Health and Wellbeing in January 2020, and is calling for research papers from academia, or from practitioners collaborating with academia.
The following themes are of particular interest:
■ Assessing the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing, so that best practice can be rewarded through the regulatory framework or other incentives
■ It is sometimes said that ‘your facilities manager is more important for your health than your GP’. If this is the case, how can we help FM teams deliver good indoor environments? What are the responsibilities and opportunities for designers?
■ Engaging with users on the health agenda: what is the right balance of information, automation and user control? How can we effectively communicate sometimes
conflicting messages, such as the impacts of opening windows on noise, air quality and thermal comfort?
■ Interactions between outdoor and indoor environments
■ Designing for vulnerable population groups, including people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and the young
■ Methodologies and equipment for monitoring environmental conditions and their impact on health and wellbeing outcomes
■ Ventilation for energy efficiency, air quality and thermal comfort
■ Innovations in air quality – for example, gaseous filters, building materials and the impact of plants
■ Delivering both environmental and health and wellbeing performance – case studies, synergies and potential conflicts.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2019. More details on the call for papers is available here.