Eight published post-occupancy surveys have focused on building services and energy performance, management, and occupant satisfaction in buildings of technical interest. All the buildings are relatively good; and two of them had unusually high occupant satisfaction: a sophisticated deep-plan air-conditioned office which demanded (and received) a high level of management; and a simple, low energy, largely naturally-ventilated medical centre, in which occupants were prepared to forgive some deficiencies in lighting, ventilation and summertime temperatures.
The purpose of the study was to measure the performance of natural ventilation in 5- and 9- storey apartment buildings, and to offer solutions for the improvement of ventilation. In the four most common building types, the functioning of the old ventilation system was measured during a spring and summer period. The economically feasible improvement solutions, as installing the auxiliary fans and mechanical exhaust ventilation, were analysed with measurements and calculations. The old natural ventilation system with stacks and leaky windows can maintain a certain basic level of ventilation.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation Reports (lllIER) involving schools provide a perspective on the building-related factors associated with indoor air quality complaints. Generally, the school lffiERs reflected multiple building factors associated with the complaints.
This paper outlines the results and lessons derived from monitoring the Elizabeth Fry Building at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for a period of 18 months in use. The monitoring, carried out as part of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Region's Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme, sought to examine the performance of the building as a whole rather than focusing on one particular element.
The draft of the European prestandard 17 52, entitled "Ventilation for buildings – Design criteria for the indoor environment" is intended to be a flexible tool for assisting the designer in providing a proper indoor environment for people in ventilated buildings. It specifies how the quality of the indoor environment, comprising the thermal environment, the air quality and the acoustic environment can be expressed.