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Building performance analysis of modern languages: A pilot study

TitleBuilding performance analysis of modern languages: A pilot study
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsPetican, D. J., D. Lawrie, S. Henderson, H. Freiheit, and D. McCarthy
Keywordsclimate change
Abstract

Sustainability entails the meeting of basic human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In order to be considered sustainable, a system must incorporate social, economic, and environmental needs. To make the University campus more sustainable, several changes would have to be made to both the physical and social environments. With respect to the physical aspects of the campus system, it should be recognized that the health and welfare of the people that work on campus must also be preserved, if a sustainable campus is to be achieved. The quality of the indoor physical environment is usually perceived to be significantly less important than the outdoor natural environment. However, EPA studies suggest that the interior environment is significantly worse than the exterior. Although environmental concerns such as massive deforestation, ozone depletion, water quality, and pollution are all very important and fundamental problems facing the world today, the quality of our indoor physical environment must not be overlooked. The purpose of this study was to develop a framework within which the performance of the campus buildings can be evaluated for the quality of their physical working environment and to conduct a pilot study using Modern Languages Building (ML) as a test of this framework. The results, analysis, and recommendations related to the pilot study are also presented… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca