17 May '17, 8pm

The case for office buildings with windows that open

The case for office buildings with windows that open

Over the past 20 years, offices around the world have changed from offering windows that open to air-tight spaces that are fully air conditioned. Given the choice, most of us prefer greater control over our work environments. Because openable windows curb energy consumption, why don’t we design skyscrapers with windows that open? And what will it take to get a breath of fresh air during the workday without having to leave the office? Here are six reasons why it’s assumed that openable windows in an office building are a bad idea: They allow conditioned air to escape and unfiltered air, noise, rain and insects to enter. They are more expensive . They make the owner liable should people fall out . Employees open the windows on a hot day, forcing the air conditioner to compensate . Openable windows are unfashionable as they disturb the lines of modern architecture. Ventilatio...

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