Necessary conditions for multi-domain indoor environmental quality standards
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

A discussion of sustainability in architecture cannot be meaningfully carried out without the inclusion of most buildings’ central purpose, namely the provision of indoor environments that are accommodating of occupants’ needs and requirements. To this end, building designers and operators are expected to demonstrate compliance with codes and standards pertaining to indoor environmental quality (IEQ). However, the majority of conventional IEQ standards, codes, and guidelines have a single-domain character, in that they address IEQ in terms of a number of isolated domains (i.e., thermal, visual, acoustic, air quality). In this context, the present contribution explores the current state of multi-domain IEQ evaluation approaches and the necessary conditions for their further development and application. Toward this end, a number of common building rating schemes were selected and analyzed in detail. The results of this assessment imply the necessity of both short-term improvements of the existing schemes in terms of the transparency and plausibility of the applied point allocation and weighting strategies and the fundamental need for a deeper empirically grounded understanding of the nature of occupants’ perception of and behavior in the built environments.

Human factor

Indoor environmental quality





Sustainability rating



Ardeshir Mahdavi

Technische Universität Wien

Christiane Berger

Technische Universität Wien

Veselina Bochukova

Technische Universität Wien

L. Bourikas

Lancaster University

Runa T. Hellwig

Aalborg Universitet

Quan Jin

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

Anna Laura Pisello

Universita degli Studi di Perugia

Marcel Schweiker

RWTH Aachen University


20711050 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 20 1-24 8439

Välbefinnande för personalen och produktivitet i hållbara kontorsbyggnader: En tvärvetenskaplig studie om nyckelfaktorerna för inomhusmiljö kvalitet

Formas (FR-2018/0010), 2019-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.



Miljöanalys och bygginformationsteknik




Mer information

Senast uppdaterat