Operable Windows: A Good Thing (07-06-18)

A research team lead by Meir confirmed that humans have positive responses to windows that they can open and close.  The investigators conducted a post-occupancy evaluation of “a courthouse building in a hot arid environment. A strong association is shown between occupant satisfaction, building ventilation and sense of wellbeing at work. . . . overall satisfaction survey results show that workers express a willingness to compromise future salary rises in order to receive operable windows.”

Isaac Meir, Moshe Schwartz, Yosefa Davara, and Yaakov Garb.  “A Window of One’s Own:  A Public Office Post-Occupancy Evaluation.” Building Research and Information, in press, https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2018.1434366