Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s interior designs. Optimized daylighting, shading strategies, well-coordinated lighting controls, and underfloor air distribution systems can contribute to improved occupant comfort and energy savings.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
• Explain how environmental effects of building interiors can impact human comfort, productivity, workplace satisfaction, and mood.
• Describe various approaches to daylighting and how each approach optimizes building interiors and benefits building performance.
• Discuss shading systems, their applications, and how they can have a positive effect of occupant comfort.
• List the benefits of lighting controls and underfloor air distribution to improve the interior environment while reducing energy use.