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Past conferences

The Group organizes annual conferences aimed at providing a platform for members to discuss issues of common interest. Our members have significant input into deciding the theme for each meeting.

What makes indoor environments beneficial for health and well-being? Re-thinking definitions of indoor environmental quality

2022 June, Thursday 23th, Online, Birmingham City University (BCU)

The UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) annual conference is a one-day networking event for a multidisciplinary audience of academics, policymakers and industry experts with interest in improving indoor environments for health and wellbeing. The conference will be an opportunity to consider new, systems-based and inter-disciplinary definitions of ‘indoor environmental quality’ and how indoor environments contribute to health and wellbeing.

Keynote speakers included: Prof Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, (Oxford Brookes), Dr Jo Hale and Prof Susan Michie (UCL), and Paul Chatwin (Associate Sustainability Cundall)

Oral and poster presentations addressed aspects such as environmental factors such as air quality, light, sound and temperature, design and use of places, biophilia and green, psychosocial factors, space standards and use of space, and other relevant aspects of the indoor environment.

Presentations are available: Jo Hale, Paul Chatwin Cundall, Chengpeng Zhao, Alejandro Moreno, Kirsi Vaali, Filiz Karakas, Faisal Farooq, and all posters.

Indoor Environmental Quality: the indoor/outdoor interface.

2021 June, Thursday 24th, Online, Birmingham City University (BCU)

The UK Indoor Environments Groups (UK IEG) annual conference is a one-day networking event for a multidisciplinary audience of academics, policy makers and industry experts with an interest in improving indoor environments for health and wellbeing.

Presentations are available here: Networks, Brum Breathes, Posters, Presentations & Abstracts.

Adapting our built environment for climate change; new challenges and implications from the COVID crisis

2020 July, Tuesday 7th, Online, Birmingham City University (BCU)

Our 2020 annual conference adapted to the reality of the COVID 19 pandemic by becoming the first on-line conference organised by UKIEG. It also recognised that the virus was a challenging diversion of our urgent efforts towards achieving a healthy, zero-carbon built environment to mitigate climate change. More positively it also explored how aspects of our response to the virus had demonstrated our potential for change such as in the way we design and manage buildings and the level of outdoor pollution that significantly impacts IAQ.

Presentations available here: Mike Davies, Roy M. Harrison, Monica Mateo Garcia and Sani Dimitroulopoulou

Emerging issues in Indoor Environmental Quality; Science and Policy

2019 June, Thursday 27th,Airflow Developments, High Wycombe, Hosted by BEAMA Ventilation

Presentations available here: Derrick Crump, Julie Godefroy and Stephen Holgate.

Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality and Human Health

2018 May, Airflow Developments, High Wycombe, Hosted by BEAMA Ventilation

Invited Speaker presentations available here: Cath NoakesIan Mawditt and Stephen Holgate.

Indoor Environments and Health in Buildings

2017 April, Glasgow School of Art, in collaboration with HEMAC

The presentations are available through VIMEO streaming.

Health and Wellbeing throughout the Life Course: the Role of Residential and Learning Environments

2016 June, University of Coventry

The role of residential and learning environments on occupant health and wellbeing throughout the life course is a key consideration, especially in the case of vulnerable populations such as children and older people. This conferences brings together research and case studies to help shed light on this important topic. Topics include:

  • Role of residential and educational environments on occupant health and wellbeing
  • Thermal comfort and overheating
  • Features of low impact buildings and post-occupancy reviews Impact of educational building design on occupant performance
  • The role of technology
  • Case studies

Resilient and Healthy Indoor Environments for the 21st century: priorities and challenges

2015 June, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Pressures arising from climate change, demographic changes, resource depletion and financial instability mean that ‘future-proofing’ the building stock is a must, in order to safeguard occupants’ health and wellbeing, as well as help prevent inequalities. Topics include:

  • Criteria and approaches for establishing priorities in future-proofing the building stock;
  • Research and case studies on guidelines for indoor environmental quality;
  • Design principles and indicators for health and wellbeing in buildings;
  • Research and case studies on refurbishments aimed at producing resilient and healthy indoor environments;
  • Studies on the trade-offs between health/wellbeing/equality and issues such as climate change, resource depletion and demographic changes.

Low Carbon Buildings: What about Health and Wellbeing?

2014 June, University of Leeds

Healthy Indoor Environments: Latest Evidence and Future Challenges

2013 June, Department of Health, London

This Conference addresses the future challenges and
latest research evidence on the factors affecting health
and wellbeing in buildings. Topics include:

  • Impact of zero carbon strategies on health and
  • wellbeing;
  • Climate Change and overheating impacts on buildings and health;
  • Latest evidence and good practice on healthy housing;
  • Neurological effects of indoor pollutants;
  • Light and lighting

Healthy homes: Ventilating right for good indoor air quality

2012 November, Create Centre, Bristol

Higher standards of air tightness associated with the drive towards low carbon homes, lead to significant questions about how to ensure good ventilation.
Feedback has suggested that there have been a number of poor installations and common problems with different ventilation approaches. This seminar will explore how we ensure best practice design, installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance, all vital components to the success of the system to deliver good indoor air quality to maximize the health and wellbeing of occupants?

Indoor Environments, Health and Wellbeing

2011 February, Department of Health, London

Healthy Indoor Environments for an Ageing Population

2008 October, Department of Health, London, in partnership with Help the Aged

Assessment and Control of the Indoor Environment for Improved Health: The Role of Standards, Guidelines, Rating Systems and Toolkits

2007 November, York University

Energy Efficiency and the Quality of the Indoor Environment: Impacts of Human Behaviour and Energy Use

2006 October, University College London

Indoor Environments and Children’s Health: The Role of Schools, Hospitals and the Home

2005 November, BRE Watford

Housing and Health: Challenges for UK Science and Policy

2004 October, Department of Health, London

Launch of the Group; Conference of members’ interests

2003 November, IEH Leicester

Sharing knowledge, skills and experience of indoor environments.

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