Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Living Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Sustainable Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

  • Kevin Hydes
  • Jennifer Fosket
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_900-3



An approach that imitates or uses models found in nature as inspiration for designs and processes to solve human problems. Nature becomes the measure by which a designer assesses the rightness of a design.

Green building

High-performance building designed to be less resource intensive, have a lower environmental footprint, and reduce the life cycle environmental impacts of the material used.


The tools and technologies that heat, ventilate, and air-condition buildings to provide healthy and comfortable indoor environments.

Hybrid ventilation

Mixed-mode building systems that use natural ventilation when feasible and supplement with mechanical systems when not, either sequentially or simultaneously. Hybrid ventilation combines the best features of natural ventilation with mechanical systems.

Indoor air quality (IAQ)

The quality of air inside the built environment.

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)

The quality of the thermal, air, visual, acoustic, and spatial...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integral GroupOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Social GreenBerkeleyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vivian Loftness
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Building Performance and DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA