Glasgow and Scotland have high rates of chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
The Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at Glasgow School of Art is currently researching the indoor environment of energy-efficient architecture and ventilation strategies. Poor indoor air quality, particularly in bedrooms, is hard for people to detect. MEARU’s research generates a better understanding of how the build-up of CO2, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and other indoor and outdoor pollutants can affect residents’ respiratory health.
Recent work has led MEARU to widen its portfolio of expertise to include: health and wellbeing in buildings, indoor air quality, low carbon buildings, energy-efficient refurbishment, and building performance evaluation. Current research focuses on improving indoor environmental quality in UK buildings and informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. MEARU’s work aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to reduce inequalities, provide environmental justice, enhance health and wellbeing and promote sustainable architecture.
The unit is well networked with similar European partners, publishes in academic journals, and regularly attends the PLEA, Healthy Buildings and WREC conference circuits. This activity contributes significantly to The Glasgow School of Art’s learning and teaching culture and has established MEARU as a significant global research player in scientific and architectural circles.
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