Stairwell placement- Combine main circulation and main stairwell to
Lighting, heating & cooling- Consider skylights or an inner atrium
to reduce the need for artificial illumination. Natural light also provides natural
ventilation. Operable windows allow outdoor air to penetrate indoors.
Wayfinding- Incorporate signage into the building plan.
Consolidate rooms and areas to save space.
Scaled drawings and architectural modeling
Case Studies to research:
Stairwell placement -National Audubon Society Headquarters, New York, NY -
Connecting stairs are located at south-facing windows in order to allow daylight to reach
central public areas.
Lighting, heating & cooling- The Body Shop, Raleigh, NC - An adaptive
reuse project where new openings in the interior and exterior walls admit more light
into the mezzanine and warehouse space.
-Herman Miller SQA Facility, Zeeland, MI - A new building has a skylight-to-floor ratio
or 5% of the total floor area.
The Ecology of Architecture: A complete Guide to Creating the
Environmentally Conscious Building, by Laura Zeiher.
U.S. Department of Energy: EPIC - Pollution
Prevention Information Clearinghouse.