Building-In-Use Assessment of Planning and Design of Interior Space: Spatial Comfort, Privacy, and Office Noise Control

  • Jacqueline C. Vischer


The three functional comfort dimensions of spatial comfort, privacy, and office noise control are connected because they pertain to the way space planning locates workers in interior space. Issues of enclosed versus open plan workstations, spacing and size of workspace, file storage and accessibility, space standards, furniture, and height of partitions are all relevant to occupants’ ratings of these three dimensions. As space managers and designers know, there is nothing like office size, work storage and filing space, and partition height to generate controversy, conflict, and sometimes outright bad feeling among office workers because people associate these factors with their status and rank in the organization.


Thermal Comfort Office Building Space Planning Noise Control Space Standard 
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Notes and References

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    A legal ruling in August 1993 obliges the US government to print out all electronic communications on paper in order to maintain an accessible record.Google Scholar
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    Stone and Lucchetti, “Your Office Is Where You Are,” p, 102–117.Google Scholar
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    See Chapter 2 for a discussion of Just-In-Time office design. Sraeel “Bank of Boston’s JIT Gives Eileen Harvard the FM Edge,”p. 410.Google Scholar
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    M. David Egan, Architectural Acoustics, (New York; McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1988,). p. 17.Google Scholar

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