RetroKit at Indoor Air 2016
From 3 to 8 July 2016 the 14th International Conference of Indoor Air Quality and Climate was held in Ghent, Belgium( http://www.indoorair2016.org/ ), bringing together scientists from all over the world, working in the field of indoor air.
At this conference recent developments in research with respect to indoor air were presented and discussed during the conferences’ scientific sessions, workshops and symposia.
An emerging topic in this field is the impact of retrofitting efforts on indoor environmental quality. At this conference the results of the RETROKIT project were presented in a dedicated session on retrofitting existing buildings and the effects on indoor environmental quality, in the presentation entitled: “RETROKIT- retrofitting residential multi-family buildings – Evaluation of effects on indoor environmental quality”
The topic has recently gained increasing interest, given the challenges the EU is facing in achieving substantial reduction in energy consumption in the built environment. Retrofitting offers the potential to achieve multiple benefits: the opportunity to improve indoor environmental quality (and thereby health and quality of life) and energy savings. This requires optimization of systemic retrofitting where energy reduction and improving indoor environmental conditions go hand in hand, requiring knowledge supporting development of effective prevention strategies in design, operation and maintenance.
Energy efficiency retrofitting of post war multi-family homes thus provides a great opportunity not only in terms of energy saving potential, but also in terms of improvement of IEQ, comfort and quality of living. To achieve this multiple benefit, insight is needed in what improvements in IEQ may be achieved, and how to achieve those, as well as in unexpected adverse effects that may occur and that need to be prevented.
RETROKIT contributes to this challenge by providing insights in the improvement potential as well as aspects that deserve attention in future retrofitting initiatives.