A Scoping Review of Technological Approaches to Environmental Monitoring

Coulby, Graham, Clear, Adrian, Jones, Oliver and Godfrey, Alan (2020) A Scoping Review of Technological Approaches to Environmental Monitoring. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (11). p. 3995. ISSN 1660-4601

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Indoor environment quality (IEQ) can negatively affect occupant health and wellbeing. Air quality, as well as thermal, visual and auditory conditions, can determine how comfortable occupants feel within buildings. Some can be measured objectively, but many are assessed by interpreting qualitative responses. Continuous monitoring by passive sensors may be useful to identify links between environmental and physiological changes. Few studies localise measurements to an occupant level perhaps due to many environmental monitoring solutions being large and expensive. Traditional models for occupant comfort analysis often exacerbate this by not differentiating between individual building occupants. This scoping review aims to understand IEQ and explore approaches as to how it is measured with various sensing technologies, identifying trends for monitoring occupant health and wellbeing. Twenty-seven studies were reviewed, and more than 60 state-of-the-art and low-cost IEQ sensors identified. Studies were found to focus on the home or workplace, but not both. This review also found how wearable technology could be used to augment IEQ measurements, creating personalised approaches to health and wellbeing. Opportunities exist to make individuals the primary unit of analysis. Future research should explore holistic personalised approaches to health monitoring in buildings that analyse the individual as they move between environments.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research was funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Grant Number: 25R17P01847. This work was funded by Northumbria University and the European Regional Development Fund’s Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme as part of doctoral research. The sponsoring small to medium enterprise for this programme was Ryder Architecture and it was delivered through Northumbria University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: commercial building; residential building; Internet of Things (IoT); health; wellbeing; indoor environment quality (IEQ)
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 16:12
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 15:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43488

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