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|Create Date||November 14, 2018|
|Last Updated||December 20, 2018|
The basic function of a building is to shelter occupants from outdoor elements and provide a healthy, comfortable environment for productive activity. This statement is deceptive in its simplicity, because the definition of a "healthy, comfortable environment" evolves over time. For example, features such as artificial lighting and indoor plumbing were once considered luxuries. Accepted building design practices change in response to emerging expectations.