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Work performance, productivity and indoor air

Author(s): Derek J Clements-Croome

Journal: SJWEH Supplements
ISSN 1795-9926

Issue: 4;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: work | indoor air | work | work performance | work environment | well-being | ventilation | review | carbon dioxide | building design | air quality | work | productivity

Temperature, relative humidity, and air quality all affect the sensory system via thermo receptors in the skin and the olfactory system. Air quality is mainly defined by the contaminants in the air. However, the most persistent memory of any space is often its odor. Strong, emotional, and past experiences are awakened by the olfactory sense. Odors can also influence cognitive processes that affect creative task performance, as well as personal memories and moods. Besides nitrogen and oxygen, the air contains particles and many chemicals that affect the efficiency of the oxygenation process in the blood, and ultimately the air breathed affects thinking and concentration. It is important to show clients the value of spending more capital on high-quality buildings that promote good ventilation. The process of achieving indoor-air quality is a continual one throughout the design, construction, commissioning, and facilities management processes. This paper reviews the evidence.
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