Overview

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE 6TH EDITION OF THE WORLD IEQ FORUM IS TO HELP ESTABLISH A STRUCTURED FRAMEWORK THAT WOULD UNDERPIN COLLABORATIVE ACTION, LEADING TO THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION OF INNOVATION.

The dramatic unfolding of a cataclysmic event like the pandemic has had aprofound impact on the human psyche. Whilst it has triggered talk aboutgiving greater importance to indoor environmental quality – specifically, toindoor air quality – the globe is substantially invested in the drive towardsgreater energy efficiency, as evidenced by the intensity of discussions in thepost-Paris Agreement era. The need for improving energy efficiency is an indispensabletarget. It is vitally important to curb energy use in the built-environment to lower indirectgreenhouse gas emissions and to optimise the total cost of ownership in an increasinglyfragile financial environment.

Given the situation, any action that is likely to trigger greater energy use will continue toattract resistance from climatologists, policy-makers and building owners, amongst otherclimate stakeholders. The thought-process on climate change is firmly established. Hence,it becomes imperative to transform thought through innovation. The objective of the 6thedition of the World IEQ Forum is to help establish a structured framework that wouldunderpin collaborative action, leading to the successful application of innovation.

It is a well-acknowledged fact that there is no shortage of innovative design, construction,installation and O&M practices that can complement innovation in equipment towardsthe goal of greater energy efficiency. The various elements either exist or are in variousstages of further development. And if allowed to perform to their fullest potential –together or as clusters of elements – they can lower energy use to such an extent thatwould compel climatologists, policy-makers and building owners to allow even energyintenseIAQ-related engineering approaches and technologies to be incorporated inbuildings. (It ought to be noted that the goal still would be to identify and developIAQ-related design, construction and installation models and technologies that wouldconsume as less energy as is possible.) To put it differently, the proposal is to achieveunprecedented energy efficiency in the built-environment that would compensate orjustify a possible increase in energy use to steadfastly meet IAQ objectives.