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IEQ: Designing for People: What Do Building Occupants Really Want?

Modern buildings’ environmental impacts threaten global environmental health. Population growth and increased access to and use of current building technology are not sustainable. People are often not in control of their building environments and, as a result, are less satisfied with them.

When people control their indoor environments, they are more likely to be satisfied with them. This paper questions many of the prevailing assumptions and practices that are resulting in energy intensive, unsatisfying, and in many cases uncomfortable, unhealthy, and unproductive building environments. Then it describes a direction for more satisfying, less resource intensive solutions to providing building occupants what they want while lessening buildings’ impacts on the environment.


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