Improved Indoor Environmental Quality

Occupants often desire the ability to control their local environment in a building by being able to open windows. This feature is often not provided – in many cases for good reasons – in mechanically ventilated buildings. It can be detrimental in terms of occupant comfort and energy usage if windows are left open whilst a mechanical system is operating. However, opening windows can be readily designed into natural ventilation strategies; in fact, they can be designed as an important part of the strategy.

Energy Efficiency Improved Indoor Environmental Quality Reduced Capital Cost Reduced Maintenance Natural Daylighting Increased Range of Thermal Comfort LEED® and CHPS® Points