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Necessary Conditions for Multi-Domain Indoor Environmental Quality Standards

Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, TU Wien, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Imagination Lancaster, School of Architecture, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology CREATE, Aalborg University, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy
Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8439;
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 10 October 2020 / Published: 13 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Prospective Pathways to Architectural and Urban Sustainability)
A discussion of sustainability in architecture cannot be meaningfully carried out without the inclusion of most buildings’ central purpose, namely the provision of indoor environments that are accommodating of occupants’ needs and requirements. To this end, building designers and operators are expected to demonstrate compliance with codes and standards pertaining to indoor environmental quality (IEQ). However, the majority of conventional IEQ standards, codes, and guidelines have a single-domain character, in that they address IEQ in terms of a number of isolated domains (i.e., thermal, visual, acoustic, air quality). In this context, the present contribution explores the current state of multi-domain IEQ evaluation approaches and the necessary conditions for their further development and application. Toward this end, a number of common building rating schemes were selected and analyzed in detail. The results of this assessment imply the necessity of both short-term improvements of the existing schemes in terms of the transparency and plausibility of the applied point allocation and weighting strategies and the fundamental need for a deeper empirically grounded understanding of the nature of occupants’ perception of and behavior in the built environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor environmental quality; codes; standards; multi-domain; human factor; architecture; building; sustainability rating indoor environmental quality; codes; standards; multi-domain; human factor; architecture; building; sustainability rating
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Mahdavi, A.; Berger, C.; Bochukova, V.; Bourikas, L.; Hellwig, R.T.; Jin, Q.; Pisello, A.L.; Schweiker, M. Necessary Conditions for Multi-Domain Indoor Environmental Quality Standards. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8439.

AMA Style

Mahdavi A, Berger C, Bochukova V, Bourikas L, Hellwig RT, Jin Q, Pisello AL, Schweiker M. Necessary Conditions for Multi-Domain Indoor Environmental Quality Standards. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8439.

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Mahdavi, Ardeshir; Berger, Christiane; Bochukova, Veselina; Bourikas, Leonidas; Hellwig, Runa T.; Jin, Quan; Pisello, Anna L.; Schweiker, Marcel. 2020. "Necessary Conditions for Multi-Domain Indoor Environmental Quality Standards" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8439.

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