Good health, well-being, productivity and happiness are the recurring social ideals and aspirations in the various vision statements that have emerged in the GCC region and elsewhere. Where are we, though, in efforts to bridge the gap between aspirations and reality? Be it the framing of policies, the deploying of technologies or the building of awareness, are we taking concerted steps to provide and maintain built-environments that contribute to the ideals and aspirations? Have we minimised incidences of sick building syndromes and building-related illnesses in our urban centres? Have we lowered the incidences of allergic rhinitis and asthma? Or, has the gap widened, given the rapid growth in population, which has put pressure on planners to provide high-quality affordable housing within a short span of time and to spur economic growth, which in the absence of proper regulation, could unleash air, noise, soil and water pollution upon us, each with their ramifications on health and well-being? Often, the talk is of the need to balance economic growth with safeguarding the environment through better energy efficiency and resource conservation; equally important is the need to balance economic growth with good indoor environmental quality (IEQ). And the work needs to be done as much outdoors as indoors.
The World IEQ Forum is an earnest attempt at fostering discussions on the critical questions in front of planners and policy-makers in the region. The Forum is an extension of the continual and robust editorial coverage on IEQ related issues in Climate Control Middle East magazine, published by CPI Industry. Though the coverage has addressed the various issues through an HVAC prism, the Forum is broad-based and all-inclusive, keeping in mind the broader issues of good health, well-being, productivity and happiness.
Special conference tracks:
- IEQ in schools
- IEQ in the healthcare industry
- IEQ in the hospitality industry