Built-in quality of life (BQL)

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    Abstract

    Health and wellness of users as facilitated by built environments is the field of study of USO-Built’s International Research and Design Unit 3 (IRU 3). Built-in Quality of Life includes comfort technologies, as well as more general health and vitality preserving and stimulating strategies. Technical and natural sciences join forces to design and maintain intelligent built environments that increase vital and productive years in the human life-span. Modelling of health and comfort aspects of built environments is leading towards smart concepts of mixed automated and manual environmental control. Research methodologies are mainly taken from the natural and engineering sciences. Users are viewed as individuals. Ranges in needs, aspirations and capabilities are assessed and taken into account. Effective Universal Design through implemented ambient intelligence is the ultimate goal. Sub themes include: (i) Pro-active engagement to prevent potential personal capacity losses (Safe & Secure), (ii) Enhancement & Optimization of human options leading to increased comfort and productivity (Comfort Technology), and (iii) Compensation & Assistance for declining human capacities in general designs (Needs & Capabilities). BQL has found consensus for its mission, aims and focussing, and performed a preliminary SWOT analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPositioning of USO-Built joint graduate research school
    EditorsJ.E.M.H. van Bronswijk, C.H. Doevendans, J.J.A.M. Smeets, J. Verbeke
    Place of PublicationEindhoven
    PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
    Pages104-115
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventPositioning of USO-Built Joint Graduate Research School : expert meeting - Brussels, Belgium
    Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …

    Publication series

    NameUSO-Built Report Series
    Volume02
    ISSN (Print)1571-3121

    Conference

    ConferencePositioning of USO-Built Joint Graduate Research School : expert meeting
    CountryBelgium
    CityBrussels
    Period1/01/03 → …
    OtherPositioning of USO-Built Joint Graduate Research School

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