Special Issue "Human Factors in Green Building"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Over the past decades a green building revolution has taken place in the building industry, aiming to incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce, eliminate a building’s negative impacts on the environment as well as its occupants . Many countries have announced their green building standards and certification systems: BREEAM, LEED, Green Star, Green Mark and so on . With certified buildings coming into use, post-occupancy studies have been and are being conducted to examine their real performance from users’ perspective [3-5]. These studies contribute important evidence to understanding how green building design could improve occupants’ satisfaction, health and wellbeing, which in turn leads to improved productivity and profitability.
World Green Building Council  suggests that health, well-being and productivity should be the next chapter for green building. There is an obvious shift of green building movement from technology-centric towards human-centric, which culminates in recent WELL Building Standard, focusing exclusively on human health and wellness . This special issue aims to push forward the research, discourse and practice of green building towards more human-oriented design solutions. Particularly, this special issue will collect papers on:
- WELL Building Standard and worldwide practice
- Post-occupancy evaluation of green buildings
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- Quality of life in low carbon living
 Yudelson, J. The Green Building Revolution, Island Press, 2008.
 Gou, Z. & Xie ,Z. Evolving green building: triple bottom line or regenerative design? Journal of Cleaner Production. 2017, 153: 600-607.
 Altomonte, S. & Schiavon, S. Occupant satisfaction in LEED and non-LEED certified buildings, Build. Environ. 2013, 68: 66–76.
 Newsham, G.R. et al., Do ‘green’ buildings have better indoor environments? New evidence, Build. Res. Info. 2013, 41: 415–434.
 Gou, Z., Prasad, D. & Lau, S. Are green buildings more satisfactory and comfortable? Habitat International. 2013, 39: 156-161.
 WGBC. Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, 2014.
 International WELL Building Institute. WELL Building Standard® Version 1.0, 2014.
Dr. Zhonghua Gou
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- Green Building
- Post-occupancy Evaluation
- Indoor Environment Quality
- Comfort Health and Wellbeing
- Job Satisfaction
- Quality of Life
- Use Behaviour