Indoor climate is a collective designation of the environmental factors that affect us when we are indoors – air, humidity, heat, light, noise, smoke and particles and chemicals found in the home.
The indoor climate in homes, schools and offices is closely related to our comfort, well-being and health indoors. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 2/3 of that time is spent in homes. Fresh air, comfortable temperatures and acceptable acoustics are inseparably linked to a good indoor climate.
We have an increasing understanding of how a good indoor climate can contribute to healthy buildings that improve well-being and productivity. At the same time, substantial evidence on how e.g. dampness, overheating and lack of fresh air can lead to diseases like asthma and allergies, as well as loss of productivity.
Understanding how the indoor climate impacts human health and well-being is vital for the design of new buildings as well as choosing the right measures when existing buildings are renovated. Windows, sun screening and natural ventilation are key components to achieve a good indoor environment.