To feel comfortable inside our buildings we need fresh air which is at the correct temperature, contains the right amount of moisture and is free from odours and pollutants. The air supply for a building also affects the thermal design and energy performance of buildings, so balances have to be found between discarding stale air and keeping energy in the building. The properties and principles of heat, gases and vapours are described in the Resource sections of the book and make a useful reference if you want further information about the underlying science or want to investigate topics further. Much of this chapter is concerned with the effects of moisture in the air, which plays a large role in human comfort and in the performance of buildings.
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