There exists a fundamental need for the advancement of knowledge on indoor air quality in modern sustainable building designs. Currently, there is much debate on the direction of future building regulations, particularly the adoption of ‘exclusive’ strategies where mechanical systems are the principal instrument of mediation between the interior and exterior environment. For instance, super-insulated, airtight dwellings which utilise Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, however little is known on the potential health implications of living in a sealed space where ventilation is completely reliant on mechanical systems.
This study aims to investigate the impact of current energy efficient design strategies on indoor air quality in residential buildings, through various case study investigations. The findings will be used to assist the design of future sustainable dwellings and policies; which consider not only energy efficiency, but also sufficiently address human health and well-being.