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How does indoor environment change when energy efficiency of a building is improved?


Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is influenced by ventilation, thermal conditions, and indoor air pollutants such as particles, microbes, chemical impurities, and radon.

INSULAtE-project aims to demonstrate how energy improvements impact on these indoor environmental parameters, and to develop a protocol for assessment of the impacts. In the first Phase, case study measurements will be performed in Finland and Lithuania, including 20 multi-family buildings per country (200 apartments). In the second Phase, the goal is to extend the assessment in a total of 50 multi-family buildings in Finland.

 

Project information

Project title is "Improving energy efficiency of housing stock: impacts on indoor environmental quality and public health in Europe" (acronym INSULAtE). The project started 1.9.2010 and the planned project duration is five years (until 31.8.2015). Project is co-financed by EU Life+ -funding (project Life number: LIFE09 ENV/FI/000573), which covers 50% of the 1,85 million Euros budget. Part of the funding comes from Finnish Energy Industries.