Building-In-Use Assessment of Building Systems: Air Quality, Thermal Comfort, and Building Noise Control

  • Jacqueline C. Vischer


Each of the seven Building-In-Use dimensions presents an inherent challenge or paradox: none is what it seems once it is seen in the context of the user-environment system. These challenges are not insurmountable problems, but they are also not obviously resolvable using conventional analysis. Each requires what Handy calls “upside-down thinking” to understand it and know what, if anything, to do about it. In Handÿ s terms, upside-down thinking “has never been popular with upholders of continuity and of the status quo,... invites one to consider the unlikely if not the absurd,” considers seriously things “at first sight impossible, or ludicrous,” and believes in change and in moving forward into the unknown.1 By understanding in a more practical context how these dilemmas and apparent paradoxes affect the user-environment system, all players in the system—managers, facilities staff, building users, designers, and builders—can learn to direct a closer and more informed eye at the environmental quality of different types of workspace.


Thermal Comfort Office Building Noise Control Building System HVAC System 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Charles Handy, The Age of Unreason ( Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1990 ). pp. 23–29Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Jacqueline C. Vischer, “Using Occupancy Feedback to Monitor Indoor Air Quality” (Proceedings of ASHRAE IAQ Conference, June 1993); ASHRAE Transactions, 99 pt. 2 (1993).Google Scholar
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    Jacqueline C. Vischer, “The Psychology of Architecture,” Los Angeles Times 28 March 1988; sidebar: “Bateson Building: Engineering A Better Workplace,” p. 4.Google Scholar
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    All Things Considered, National Public Radio 30 July 1993.Google Scholar
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    ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62–89.Google Scholar
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    Constant Volume Dual Duct system.Google Scholar
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    “Office Tenants Moves and Changes, Building Owners and Managers Association, (Section 3) (Washington, D.C.: BOMA International, 1988).Google Scholar

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