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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Indoor
air that contains no known contaminants at harmful concentrations and with
which a substantial majority of the people exposed to the air do not express
dissatisfaction. Good indoor air quality inside a building results from:
• Introducing an appropriate amount of outside air into the building through the HVAC systems
• locating outside air intakes so that the outside air introduced into the HVAC systems is of the best possible quality
• proper filtration
• proper air distribution
• proper removal of indoor pollutants
• proper commissioning of the building and its building systems.
Insolation - The amount of sunlight (direct, diffuse and reflected) reaching an area exposed to the sky.
Intelligent Materials - Materials that are able to adapt to their environment by altering their properties. Example of intelligent materials include liquid crystal glass which changes from transparent to opaque upon application of a current, and thermochromic glazing that changes transparency in response to ambient temperatures.