Its not about the equipment - its about how the
equipment makes us feel which means we need to
understand human physiology first and foremost.
roof materials, door knobs, home theatre systems etc...might
do it for a 20 - 40 something but a 40 - 50 - 60 plus body needs
and wants direct control over humidity, temperature, drafts and noise. So for
the contractors in the room my message is this...forget
about taking the next course on furnaces, boilers, pumps and
controls but invest in a course on human physiology and
psychology - especially one which covers an aging
population. Once you’ve got a basic understanding of how the
mind & body of an older adult works then marry it to your mechanical skills
and knowledge and reinvent what it is that you are selling
and to whom it will benefit."
Robert Bean, AGM,
Words of Caution!
if you ever hear from a designer that they need to size a
HVAC system for the house...you immediately know your physiology
is not being considered. WHY?... because we don't
condition buildings - we condition people, which means even
before a system is sized - you must have a heart to heart about
your personal needs and wants for indoor environmental quality -
regardless of what the building needs.