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Building Products October 2017

RENEWABLES HEALTHY LIVING Our perception of being ‘comfortable’ can be affected by relatively small changes in ambient temperature or humidity. Darren Trivett considers the best strategies for maintaining a comfortable and healthy living environment. For anyone who has had a bout of the flu over the winter, such viruses are an unpleasant reminder that we can feel very unwell when our body temperature deviates by just the smallest amount. Of course, when we are in robust normal health, our blood circulatory system and processes such as perspiration are very good at regulating our core temperature to 37OC (98.6OF) and this means we can cope with both frosty mornings and sweltering summer days without the need of intervention, except our choice of clothing. Relatively small changes in ambient temperature or humidity along with things like draughts can alter the way we might feel in terms of comfort, but factors we remain unaware of can still affect medium and long term health issues. It is for this reason that construction consultants, as well as other professionals, are paying increasing attention to the control of the 74 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2017


Building Products October 2017
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