Improved indoor environments and lighting new ISO Standard


ISO 16817:2012 Building environment design – Indoor environment – Design process for visual environment provides a process to ensure the required visual comfort, physiological effect of light and energy performance, and sustainability of buildings.

'ISO 16817 will help building designers in particular to provide the desired quality of indoor environment and to achieve a high-performance and high-quality visual environment, while managing interactions with other aspects of project design,' says Stephen Turner, Chair of ISO technical committee 205: Building environment design.

ISO 16817 provides an integrated design process for a high-quality indoor visual environment including architectural and engineering aspects of daylighting and artificial lighting for user satisfaction, well-being, and productivity, and the energy performance and sustainability of buildings.

The design of an indoor visual environment of the required quality for users must take into account human needs that include elements linked to task performance, visual comfort, health, safety, and well-being.

  • Designers, architects, builders, and regulators can use the framework in ISO 16817 to consider the parameters that influence the quality of the indoor environment.

  • Design teams including architects and engineers, and building clients, contractors, government officials, and academic staff will find ISO 16817 a useful tool to apply an effective design process for an indoor visual environment of the required quality for the users.

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