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1996). Shrinkage cracking of high-strength concrete. ACI Materials Journal. 93:5, 409-415. , Yang, W. P. (1998). Shrinkage cracking of restrained concrete slabs. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 124:7,165-11 A. Advances in Building Technology, Volume 1 M. M. S. ) © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved 29 HUMAN REQUIREMENTS IN FUTURE AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS P. Sc. dk ABSTRACT Air-conditioning of buildings has played a very positive role for economic development in warm climates.

Changing client expectations Customers are becoming more demanding and seeking reliability, consistency, and value for money. Ethical issues are high on customer's priorities. There is increasing need for companies to maintain public confidence in the legitimacy of their operations and business conduct - a licence to operate. Growing importance of developing community relationships by increasing participation in national and local community partnerships. • Growing importance of sustainability and environmental issues Issues with sustainability and the greening of construction are high on the agenda of global summits.

All rights reserved 29 HUMAN REQUIREMENTS IN FUTURE AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS P. Sc. dk ABSTRACT Air-conditioning of buildings has played a very positive role for economic development in warm climates. Still its image is globally mixed. Field studies demonstrate that there are substantial numbers of dissatisfied people in many buildings, among them those suffering from SBS symptoms, even though existing standards and guidelines are met. A paradigm shift from rather mediocre to excellent indoor environments is foreseen in buildings in the 21st century.

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