Indoor Comfort in Dwellings: An Exploratory Study of Diverse Design Approaches
Publication Date : 01/01/2018
We not only want our architecture to be beautiful, but also want it to be contextually relevant and environmentally responsible. Today, users and occupants place much greater focus on the comfort of the working and living environment, not only in terms of thermal comfort but also visual and psychological comfort. In contemporary architecture, efforts are made towards achieving comfort at the stage of construction mostly by following green practices. It leaves a large chunk of people deprived who are already living in the apartments that are not designed with such vision. This paper endeavors to assess the degree of indoor comfort that has been achieved by the occupants in diverse built environments of dwellings. The methodology included empirical study and analysis of interior spaces of three residential apartments in the metropolitan city of Mumbai, India as case studies: 1. A green rated building – contemporary interiors 2. A non-rated building – traditional interiors 3. A non-rated building – contemporary interiors. The three-fold field surveys include collection of technical data with respect to sustainable parameters for thermal comfort, observations and questionnaire survey of the occupants. The paper concludes that certain interior design techniques help achieve the comfort conditions that can be executed at small, individual level.
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