Program: Indoor Environment

Shared spaces enables flexible housing

Shared spaces enables flexible housing

Shared space is a common space shared by two or more dwellings, but which does not necessarily have to be used simultaneously. The potential that lies in shared spaces have not really taken into consideration on the field of study or practice. The research of flexible housing has mainly focused on private homes and their… Continue Reading

New occupant-centric thermal architecture increases thermal comfort spatially, individually and locally

New occupant-centric thermal architecture increases thermal comfort spatially, individually and locally

Human beings sense the thermal environment and experience thermal comfort distinctively. Moreover, according to recent empirical studies humans sense very small (0.1 °C) changes in indoor temperature and thermal comfort is positively associated with productivity. However, the mainstream thermal comfort estimation method assumes steady-state, uniform indoor thermal conditions. This resarch presents a novel and occupant-centric… Continue Reading

Monitoring indoor environmental quality provides user satisfaction and savings

Monitoring indoor environmental quality provides user satisfaction and savings

Indoor environmental quality can be regarded as significant subject when studying for example tenant satisfaction and employee productivity for office properties. Indoor environmental quality also relates to energy consumption. When the quality of indoor environment is desired to be improved, it usually can increase energy consumption for example when indoor temperature is modified. In user… Continue Reading

Renovation is an opportunity to develop user’s operations

Renovation is an opportunity to develop user’s operations

The user-oriented renovation concept is a new approach for repairing and remodeling offices or learning facilities. The idea is not just manage project costs, but add value to the user by contributing to customer’s operations and values. This means changes to the traditional project process and commercial model, as well as engaging users in design development. Continue Reading