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Prioritising indoor air quality in building design can mitigate future airborne viral outbreaks

Brittain, Otis Sloan, Wood, Hannah and Kumar, Prashant (2020) Prioritising indoor air quality in building design can mitigate future airborne viral outbreaks Cities and Health.

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Abstract

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus how poor indoor air quality can amplify the effects of airborne viruses. Rather than promoting health and wellbeing, our built environment often worsens air quality through inadequate ventilation, air recirculation, material specification and the additional pollution load from mechanical heating and cooling. In this thinkpiece, we introduce a selection of interrelated building design strategies to improve indoor air quality and reduce the spread and impact of airborne disease. We also highlight the need for interdisciplinary collaboration, targeted policy change and leadership on air quality to build resilience against future airborne viral outbreaks.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Brittain, Otis Sloan
Wood, Hannah
Kumar, PrashantP.Kumar@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 28 July 2020
DOI : 10.1080/23748834.2020.1786652
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Uncontrolled Keywords : COVID-19; Healthy buildings; SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata OK No Further action
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 18 Jun 2020 13:43
Last Modified : 31 Jul 2020 10:16
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858028

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