Comfort & Productivity

Chartwell School puts students first with an emphasis on natural daylighting and other passive comfort strategies.
Photo: Michael David Rose

The days of the windowless box are over!

Why? Because investing in the humans who live, work, play, and heal in our buildings is one of the most cost-effective green design strategies there is. It’s also just common sense: buildings aren’t here for their own sake; they’re here for us.

These resources look at rigorous scientific data on the value of comfort. They also present strategies for focusing on the human element of design and construction—without ever forgetting the importance of conserving water and energy.

Comfort & Productivity

Deep Dives

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  • The Hidden Science of High-Performance Building Assemblies

    Feature Article

    Any four walls and a roof make an enclosure, but for efficiency, comfort, and durability, those elements have to be meticulously designed and installed.

  • Doing Daylighting Right

    Feature Article

    Harvesting daylight is a popular way to save energy and promote productivity. But getting it wrong is all too easy-and can have the opposite effects.

  • Verifying Project Outcomes: Which Metrics Work?

    Feature Short

    Project success is increasingly tied to performance metrics, especially EUI. But that doesn’t always capture what owners are really looking for.

Quick Takes

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  • What Is Building Science, Anyway?

    Primer

    Building science is an integrated discipline that stands many conventional design and construction ideas on their heads.

  • Adaptive Thermal Comfort

    Primer

    Adaptive thermal comfort broadens our understanding of the comfort zone by accounting for human behavior and perception, and factors like amount of clothing and air movement.

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