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Introduction to Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition by Dason Whitsett, Peter Silver, William McLean

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Human Comfort

Generally speaking, in architecture human comfort is dependent upon a number of factors:

Thermal Comfort

Maintaining the body at an acceptable temperature.

Air Quality

Ensuring the provision of clean air within enclosed spaces.

Illumination

Provision of adequate light levels.

Sound Quality

Clarity of communication and protection from noise pollution.

Sanitation

Providing for water distribution and waste disposal.

Subjective Perception and Adaptation

Human comfort is considered to be partially subjective, in that humans may perceive a room to be warmer or cooler than it actually is, e.g because of its color and materials. Variation in human comfort levels also results from evolutionary adaptations, i.e. where a body has adapted its ...

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