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Avoiding Sick Buildings while Assuring Occupant Productivity and Building Optimization
In order to meet the increased expectations of building occupants, designers must be aware of the conflicts between first cost economics, occupant productivity and life cycle costs. Cost savings measures have resulted in severe building problems, including deaths due to Legionnaire's disease, and often energy consumption increases. Buildings that do not meet the needs of the occupants often result in expensive redesign or worse, result in lawsuits against all parties involved. Recent court cases make it imperative that designers understand the changing 'rules' of the road. Building owners need to understand how their building systems work, to avoid creating problems in a tightening economy.
Int-Hout, D. (2002). Avoiding Sick Buildings while Assuring Occupant Productivity and Building Optimization. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from