A packed programme will feature the return of events that have attracted thousands of industry professionals to the fair, including BuildSMART. One of the foremost events focusses on comfort from every angle: experts will be delving into what makes for living comfort. There is now widespread awareness that green buildings mean much more than the building envelope: the time has come to actually change our mind-set and enhance the overall mental and physical well-being of the occupants of buildings.
But there is another side of comfort that is often overlooked because it is “invisible”: what are we breathing? Sick Building Syndrome has become a hot topic. It is described as a phenomenon affecting building occupants who experience symptoms of ill health probably due to flaws in HVAC systems, certain types of building materials, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), moulds, improper exhaust ventilation of ozone or lack of adequate air filtration.
How can living comfort become a factor in the design phase? The MADE expo Monitoring Unit turned to Leopoldo Busa, an architect, energy advisor and CasaClima expert in indoor environmental quality, for the answer. His practice, BioSafe, specialises in bioclimatic architecture and provides professional support to architects and contractors.