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Call for research papers on health and wellbeing

The Building Services Engineering Research and Technology (BSER&T) Journal is planning a special issue dedicated to Health and Wellbeing in January 2020.

Call for research papers

BSER&T is calling for research papers on health and wellbeing from academia. Submissions from practitioners collaborating with academia are also welcome.

In recent years there has been increasing attention to the impact that buildings and places have on our health and wellbeing, and on the benefits of prevention rather than cure. BSER&T is particularly interested in research on the following themes, which could apply to the broad spectrum of environmental factors (e.g. air quality, light, thermal conditions) or to broader design issues for buildings and their surroundings: 

  • Assessing the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing, so that best practice can be rewarded through the regulatory framework or other incentives
  • It is sometimes said that “your facilities manager is more important for your health than your GP” – if so, how can we help FM teams deliver good indoor environments? What are the responsibilities and opportunities for designers?
  • Engaging with users on the health agenda: what is the right balance of information, automation and user control? How can we effectively communicate sometimes conflicting messages, such as the impacts of opening windows on noise, air quality and thermal comfort?  
  • Interactions between outdoor and indoor environments
  • Designing for vulnerable population groups, including people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and the young
  • Methodologies and equipment for monitoring environmental conditions and their impact on health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Ventilation for energy efficiency, air quality and thermal comfort
  • Innovations in air quality e.g. gaseous filters, building materials and the impact of plants
  • Delivering both environmental and health & wellbeing performance – case studies, synergies and potential conflicts.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to technical@cibse.org by 30th April 2019.

Timeline to publication

Following submission of the abstracts, authors will be notified by 7th May 2019. Full papers should be submitted by 17th July 2019. 

This special issue is edited by Dr Marcella Ucci from UCL and Dr Julie Godefroy from CIBSE.

The publication of the Special Issue is scheduled for January 2020. Accepted papers that have successfully completed the review and production process will be published online (and citable with a DOI) by mid November 2019.

CIBSE Guidance on Health and Wellbeing – Emerging Themes

We will shortly publish here more details on possible research themes identified as part of the upcoming revision of CIBSE guidance on health and wellbeing (ex-TM40) – come visit this page soon again!