Active Projects

MSV3: Monitoring indoor environmental parameters to investigate from health impacts

Project Facts

Start date: June 2011
End date: November 2013
Investigators Professor Andrew Price; Dr. Monjur Mourshed
Staff Employed Shariful Shikder; Dr. Ashikur Joarder
Status Complete

Project Partners

• Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing, Leicestershire
• Fielding Court, St. Peter’s Court, St Michael’s Court (Sheltered accommodations), Leicestershire
• Alexandra House (Care home for the elderly), Leicester
• Nightingale Associates

Project Partners

HaCIRIC
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3TU
T: +44 (0) 15 0922 2627
E: a.d.f.price@lboro.ac.uk

The evidence of anthropogenic climate change has become more robust in recent decades (Le Treut et al., 2007). Observed trends indicate that central England has an increment of average temperature about 1 °C since the 1970s (Jenkins et al. 2010). There is evidence that heat events has caused health hazards and increased deaths, for example during the 2003 European heat wave, there were around 35,000 excess deaths in the EU countries, particularly amongst elderly people. Hajat et al. (2002) identified that heat related death increase when daily average temperature increases above 19°C. A key DH document ‘Heatwave Plan for England’ states that temperatures over 25°C are associated with excess deaths in summers.

The aim of the project was to identify indoor environment performance of existing residential buildings for the elderly in current and projected climate scenarios, and determine adaption strategies to protect overheating in current and projected climate scenarios. Objectives of the research were to:
• identify the impact of global warming on indoor environments and the elderly;
• develop a knowledge base on the thermal environment assessment methods and thermal environment requirements for the elderly;
• investigate indoor thermal performance of existing residential buildings (particularly care homes) for the elderly;
• investigate occupants’ adaptation/control opportunities of indoor environment;
• identify indoor thermal performance of existing residential buildings for the elderly in projected climate scenarios;
• determine challenges of adaptation strategies to minimise the impact of global warming in buildings; and
• identify key adaptation strategies for existing buildings and design of future buildings to minimise the impact of global warming.