SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

The Concept of Total Building Performance and Building Diagnostics


This paper introduces the concept of total building performance and the diagnostic tools for measuring and assessing this performance. It emphasizes the need: (1) to fully address the fundamental building performance mandates of thermal comfort, acoustic comfort, air quality, lighting comfort, spatial comfort, and building integrity; (2) to define their physiological, psychological, sociological, and economic limits of acceptability; and (3) to clarify their relationships with each other. Integrated within the building delivery process, these performance mandates and the associated diagnostic measurement and assessment tools suggest new quality assurance procedures for providing suitable and reliable conditions for occupancy comfort in new as well as in existing buildings.

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Hartkopf, VH
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Loftness, VE
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Mill, PAD
Architectural and Building Sciences, Public Works Canada, Ottawa, Canada
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 5–22
DOI: 10.1520/STP23009S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4968-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0458-7