Books and Papers Tomás Swett 25.04.2012

Evolution of Working Environments in Office Buildings

A high percentage of world´s energy consumption is used up by office building, being its design a key factor in the current environmental problem. This fact make urgent to rethink the design and technical strategies used nowadays and the real effects and requirements of new technologies in the building configuration, office layouts and comfort parameters. The aims of this research paper were to analyse the evolution and new tendencies of working environments, the requirements to achieve comfortable workplaces and passive design strategies to get them, creating starting points for a MArch project. Through the use of old and currents precedents, this investigation looked for common architectural elements and how they improve the performance of these passive strategies.

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