Advocates of full-spectrum fluorescent lights (FSFL) believe that these lights offer unique advantages over cool-white fluorescent lights (CWFL). Researchers Jennifer Veitch and Shelly McColl have investigated these claims by reviewing research conducted from 1941–1999.
Fax machines, computers, scanners, and printers are all necessary for the way we work today. Unfortunately, such equipment also adds to indoor air pollution—in some cases quite significantly.
Examining previous studies, researcher William Fisk looked at the connection between air quality and the spread of respiratory illness, cases of allergies and asthma, and sick building syndrome.
Steve Garner studied the difference in sketching use for two sets of design teams, one in the same room with regular graphic media, and one paired by voice and electronic drawing tablet.
An American Academy of Pediatrics Committee and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have come out with updated design guidelines to prevent children from falling out of windows.
Green environments around schools, such as green playgrounds and window views, might help ADD children, or even all children, function more effectively.
Kristen Day, Daisy Carreon, and Cheryl Stump (University of California, Irvine) reviewed 71 research studies, almost all since 1980, to determine research findings that have a bearing on the physical design of facilities for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Tove Fjeld and his associates looked at how plants affected the health of office workers, while Larissa Larsen and her associates examined how indoor plants affected students in an office setting.
Graham Brown and Robert Gifford investigated how architects and non-architects rated colored slides of late-twentieth-century office buildings.
A report from the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration, titled Traffic Calming: State-of-the-Practice, covers a number of methods that can moderate street traffic. A related paper, also written by Reid Ewing (Rutgers University), concentrates on physical measures, since these are generally most effective.