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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

  • 1.  Indoor Environmental Quality

    Posted 02-20-2019 07:34
    Architects and engineers are paying much more attention today to indoor air quality, as compared to 10 years ago. IEQ is a key part of the LEED rating system, of course, as well as the WELL Building Standard.

    Indoor CO2 levels are of particular interest:

    A study performed by researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Syracuse University established a link between indoor environmental conditions and cognitive function. To quote the Harvard press release:


    "People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores-in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy-than those who work in offices with typical levels"

    Results of a similar study were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2012 under the headline - Is CO2 an Indoor pollutant?

    Charles DeLisio AIA
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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania