A window of one’s own: a public office post-occupancy evaluation

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Abstract

The prevalence of mechanical climatization in office buildings, alongside the dictate to conserve energy, has misguidedly promoted the construction of buildings with non-operable windows. Research shows that such buildings are detrimental to their occupants’ wellbeing and productivity, sometimes causing them to feel overcooled or overheated. This post-occupancy evaluation illustrates such problems through the case study of a courthouse building in a hot arid environment. A strong association is shown between occupant satisfaction, building ventilation and sense of wellbeing at work. A positive correlation was found between satisfaction with personal control, and overall satisfaction survey results show that workers express a willingness to compromise future salary rises in order to receive operable windows. Key lessons for architects are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-452
Number of pages16
JournalBuilding Research and Information
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 May 2019

Keywords

  • architectural design
  • indoor environment quality
  • personal control
  • post-occupancy evaluation
  • sick building syndrome
  • ventilation
  • windows
  • workplace satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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