Nowadays, most buildings follow environmentally friendly standards and codes, and are now starting to work on including human health into the equation. One emerging idea is that of Human-Building Interaction, that is, how the buildings and occupants interact with each other as the human health and green codes are considered.
The two-way equation:
Human Building Interaction isn’t just focused on how the building may impact its occupants, but also deals with how the occupants and the building interact with each other. This is why the whole concept also includes how the occupants impact the building. They do this in many ways, such as by how they use their energy.
How human-building interactions can be helpful:
Once you understand how the occupants of building interact with it and vice versa, you can use that information to come up with some new strategies on energy efficiency. Furthermore, architects can use this information do create spaces that are better fitted to both the building and to its occupants. Occupants can also start to realize how they are impacting the building based on their usage of energy.
How occupants in a building can be using energy:
Occupants inside a building use energy for various purposes, such as running heaters, fans, for turning on their lights, by forgetting to turn off computers or other electrical equipment, by forgetting to report leaks or blocked air, and by covering up their vents. This knowledge can be used to help point out habits taken by occupants that need to be changed, along with problems inside the building that affect the comfort of tenants of their productivity.
Using this information when it comes to windows:
If a tenant inside a building wishes greater access to daylight, they will be moved closer to the windows. However, if the binds are closed in a few days, this may be due to a number of reasons. They may be too warm in the summers, too cold in the winters, or distracted by the events outside. It may even be because of glare on their screens, or because of headaches because of the sunlight. You will need to understand what is happening to then try and fix it.
The purposes of human building interaction:
The whole point of using human building interaction is to create a building that can be used to provide purpose to the tenants, but also to give them sustainability. Whereas anyone else would be making a building to provide tenants with a roof, along with water and energy, a building made based on human building interaction would consider human needs and habits and incorporate them into the designing of a comfortable space, which will not only be helpful to the humans, but will be friendly to the environment and sustainable.
Using intuitive features and functions:
One way of making a building sustainable and energy efficient is to making certain functions automatic. This way you can save a lot of energy and reduce chances of human error. An example of this is that instead of having to turn off the lights at night, the environment should be able to recognize that you no longer require that function, and as a result be able to turn off the lights or AC, or any other equipment automatically.