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Healthy Indoor Environments

People working in an open office space. Photo.


Typically, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Due to heat waves and virus pandemics time spend indoors may increase even more. Several physical components of the indoor environment like thermal conditions, air quality, sound and light often give rise to complaints, discomfort and even illness. 

  • How do we create a healthy indoor environment which promotes well-being and productivity? 
  • What role does ventilation play in perceived indoor air quality? 
  • How can we reduce spreading of disease indoors?
  • How can effects of heat waves be minimised? 

A prerequisite for answering those questions is the latest information and scientific findings, which this course provides. An understanding of complex interactions between people and different components of indoor environments is also important, as well as the need for a holistic approach. These are things you learn in this course.

It is important that future engineers and other professionals have knowledge of and understand people’s needs, conditions and limitations when constructing and managing different environments for people.

Course structure

This is a digital course, and there will be no physical gatherings. You are expected to attend the digital meetings that will take place weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom between 16:15 and 17:00.

Course schedule as Pdf (105Kb)


Before the meetings, you are asked to watch pre-recorded lectures, read scientific articles and prepare questions in order to participate actively in the discussions, which are part of the assessment. The discussions will be driven by the participants' questions.

Individual project work

The course includes individual project work on a topic that deals with indoor factors and their effects on humans. During the course, you will receive guidance and support in your individual work from the course teachers. Before the end of the course, you should, in Swedish or English, submit a written report and present your project in an oral presentation.


The course ends with an oral exam, which means that the examiners will ask the students questions that must be answered orally.

Healthy indoor environments – TFRC06

The course which comprises 7.5 credits is given online in English during the autumn. 


Aneta Wierzbicka

Course supervisor

Lena Leveen

Course administrator

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