ISO introduces new standard for the built environment

May 2, 2012

In office environments, balancing lighting levels are critical for both productivity and energy efficiency. File photo.

A new international standard will help ensure interior spaces have optimal light and energy performance.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16817:2012, Building Environment Design–Indoor Environment–Design Process for Visual Environment, will make certain indoor environments include elements related to visual comfort, health, safety, well-being, and efficiency.

“ISO 1681 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,” said Stephen Turner, chair of the group’s technical committee 205, which deals with building environment design.

The standard includes:
• terms and definitions;
• project information;
• various design stages; and
• cost evaluation.

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