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Ventilation and indoor climate of the future

By Nicklas Friberg, November 14 2018


In the past few years, the general public's interest in and knowledge of ventilation and air quality have increased. At the same time, major players on the market have started to understand that customised indoor climate solutions lead to great energy savings. Demand-driven ventilation is becoming more and more sought-after while the products have evolved and become more intelligent with new features. In the future, the public is predicted to become more interested in air quality and indoor climate, and knowledge also comes with a set of requirements.

In this blog post you can read my thoughts and ideas on how we will look at ventilation in the future.

What happens to ventilation in a warmer climate?

The extremely warm summer brought about many reactions and ideas about climate. The high temperatures meant that we also noticed marked effects on the indoor climate. Since buildings in Sweden are built for low temperatures, many workplaces and homes became so hot that it was unhealthy to stay there. If this year's extreme summer was not a one off a kind event, the discussion about a healthy indoor climate must be taken seriously in the future. We aim to optimize many of our requirements for living a healthy life. Ventilation should also be one of the factors we consider. Our children must have the right conditions to succeed at school. If they do not have a healthy indoor climate during their school years, they will also find it hard to concentrate and remain focused. The same thing applies to companies. If they notice that their staff are having a difficult time in warmer periods, they should also make sure that their employees are not working in unhealthy indoor environments. A warmer climate in Sweden will require a new infrastructure of ventilation solutions which handle the cooling of warm air quickly and efficiently.

In addition to climate, digitization also means that the ventilation industry will look different in the future. The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart buildings are a mega trend and drive development forward. Today more and more devices are connected via the internet, everything from door locks, coffee machines and light bulbs can be controlled through mobile phones and computers. The research company Gartner predicts that there will be 20.8 billion connected things in the world by 2020. Due to the measures taken for more energy-efficient constructions and building management, there is great potential thanks to the Internet of Things. Ventilation systems which make their own intelligent decisions based on presence, weather and a wealth of other indicators have great potential to reduce energy consumption and costs. Please read our blog post "Will the Internet of Things revolutionise the HVAC business?".

Will the public be more interested in the indoor climate in future?

Absolutely, our relationship with air will change radically. A warmer climate and digitization combined will cause interest in air quality to increase. Nowadays we do not drink discoloured water and in the future we will not stay in rooms with poor air. This development will reveal itself in a variety of ways. These days, property owners view new ventilation solutions simply as an extra cost, but in the future they will also be able to see them as a money-making opportunity. Landlords who can offer a good indoor climate will have a competitive advantage. For example, when you go to a flat viewing, your requirements could be a south-facing balcony as well as a high-quality indoor climate.

If you recognize this post, it’s because it was previously posted in our Swedish blog: Lindab Bloggen 

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Topics: Indoor Climate, Future of Construction, Ventilation

Nicklas Friberg

Nicklas is our Global Segment Manager and works with the new kind of solution business, driven by business development and loves the role of finding new customer groups and business models.
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