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Buildings 2019, 9(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9010017

Human Factors in Green Building: Building Types and Users’ Needs

School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4215, Australia
Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 5 January 2019 / Accepted: 5 January 2019 / Published: 9 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Factors in Green Building)
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Abstract

The Special Issue on “Human Factors in Green Building” addresses the design of indoor environment quality for users’ needs. The collected papers cover various building types and the research highlights the different needs of users. In working environments, employees’ stress is the main concern in the workplace design, especially for open plan offices where lack of privacy and over exposure to environmental stress have been reported. In residential environments, residents have great opportunities to adjust their environments to suit their needs; therefore, passive design such as natural ventilation is explored in residential buildings with climates such as cold or humid tropical. In healthcare environments, the papers in this issue are concerned with the needs of patients, especially the older adults who require special care. In learning environments, thermal and visual aspects are investigated for optimal comfort conditions and learning outcomes. The special issue demonstrates insightful critical thinking of indoor environment quality and proposes a new understanding for more practical design solutions. This editorial note is a brief review of the 12 papers, concluding with reflections about design of built environments to meet users’ needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: human factors; green building; indoor environment quality; building types; post-occupancy evaluation human factors; green building; indoor environment quality; building types; post-occupancy evaluation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
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