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Smart Technologies and Design for Healthy Built Environment connects smart technology to a healthy built environmentthat builds upon the sustainable building movement.It provides an overall summary of the state-of-the-art technologies that are applied in the built environment. The book covers a broad spectrum of smart technology categories ranging from dynamic operability, energy efficiency, self-regulating and self-learning systems, and responsive systems. The foreseeable challenges that are associated with smart technologies are discussed and outlined in the book.

Firstly, this book provides a snapshot of state-of-the-art smart technologies being applied in the built environment. It covers a broad spectrum of smart technology categories, ranging from dynamic operability, energy efficiency, self-regulating and self-learning systems, to responsive systems. Secondly, this book provides in-depth analysis of the four primary components of health (biological, physical, physiological and psychological); their effects on wellbeing and cognitive performance are introduced as well. Thirdly, it connects smart technologies to those health-influencing factors by reviewing three completed smart building projects. This book can also serve as a basis for education and discussion among professionals and students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in smart technologies, smart building, and healthy building.

Smart Technologies and Design for Healthy Built Environment serves as the basis for education and discussions among professionals and students who are interested in smart technologies, smart building and healthy building, as it bridges the gap between smart technologies and a healthy built environment. The book also provides a foundation for anyone who is interested in the impact of smart technology on the health of built environment.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. A Brief History of Health and the Built Environment

Abstract
This Chapter provides readers with a broad view of the relations between health concerns and the built environment through history. The purpose of this chapter is not to cover a detailed history of the development of healthy buildings but to instead illustrate the historical development from two perspectives: public health and building design and construction. It also outlines and explains the diverse factors that play important roles in shaping the concept of healthy buildings and a healthy built environment. This chapter is organized based on the chronological development of relations between the built environment and public health.
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Chapter 2. Connections, Shifts, and Future Trends

Abstract
The connections between public health and the built environment are reflected on two scales: individual buildings and the larger built environment. A historical perspective is helpful to provide readers with a benchmark of change and also as a reminder of progress. Although the history of the relations between the built environment and human health is extensive, as mentioned in Chap. 1, it was the Industrial Revolution that fundamentally changed not only the built environment (living and working conditions) but also the speed and pattern of how infectious diseases spread. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, existing traditions constructed the built environment in such a way that benefitted human health (refer to Chap. 1 for the pre-industrial era).
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Chapter 3. Factors That Impact Human Health in the Built Environment

Abstract
Conditions related to the built environment affect human health from numerous perspectives and across multiple dimensions [1]. Based on the multi-disciplinary, multi-scale, and multi-factor framework proposed in Chap. 2, this Chapter organizes influential factors of the built environment to human health into four categories based on the leading disciplines of the built environment research where the health impact is studied. The four primary categories are physical, physiological, biological, and psychological factors.
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Chapter 4. Indoor Environmental Impact on Human Health

Abstract
Following the discussion in Chap. 3, This Chapter focuses on the indoor built environment to provide a deeper understanding of how the built environment may have a causal relation to certain health outcomes. Five indoor variables are identified and their health impacts explained to build a foundation for comprehending the need for smart technologies, which will be introduced in Chap. 5. Finally, the conversation shifts from existing built environmental quality deficiencies to potential opportunities for smart technology applications with the aim to create a healthy built environment, setting the tone for Chap. 5.
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Chapter 5. Smart Building and Current Technologies

Abstract
This chapter serves as an initial connector for the smart technologies and primary causes of health issues in the built environment that were introduced in previous chapters. In this book, “smart buildings” and “intelligent buildings” are used interchangeably. This Chapter first introduces different definitions of smart buildings, followed by a brief history of smart building development. Through a comparison of the constituents of different definitions, this chapter extracts three sets of key smart technologies developed or being developed with relations to health impacts from the built environment.
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Chapter 6. Future Smart Technologies for Human Health

Abstract
This Chap. 1 focuses on the smart priority shift and related technological impact. Then, the chapter describes five unique smart capabilities that future smart buildings will possess. “Capability” relates to technological advancements and health benefits, and the potential populations who could be served are described as well. The five smart capabilities and components introduced in this chapter will be used to describe three case studies in Chap. 7.
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Chapter 7. The Nexus Between Smart, Sustainable, and Healthy Buildings: Three Case Studies

Abstract
In recognition that a real project is essential to understand the connection between smart and healthy buildings, this chapter further pursues the discussion of how smart technologies can create sustainable and healthy buildings. Three case studies of built projects are presented that illustrate the nexus between smart, sustainable, and healthy buildings.
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Chapter 8. Look Ahead

Abstract
This chapter synthesizes the preceding chapters to derive a final framework that integrates the healthy and smart building practices. The benefits and future potential of this integrated approach are outlined and emphasized.
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