Provide a high level of thermal comfort system control by individual occupants or by specific groups in multioccupant spaces (i.e. classrooms or conference areas) to promote the productivity, comfort and well-being of building occupants.
Provide individual comfort controls for 50% (minimum) of the building occupants to enable adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences. Operable windows can be used in lieu of comfort controls for occupants of areas that are 20 feet inside of and 10 feet to either side of the operable part of the window. The areas of operable window must meet the requirements of ASHRAE 62.1-2004 paragraph 5.1 Natural Ventilation.
Provide comfort system controls for all shared multi-occupant spaces to enable adjustments to suit group needs and preferences.
Conditions for thermal comfort are described in ASHRAE Standard 55-2004 to include the primary factors of air temperature, radiant temperature, air speed and humidity. Comfort system control for the purposes of this credit is defined as the provision of control over at least one of these primary factors in the occupant’s local environment.
Core & Shell buildings that do not purchase and/or install the mechanical system or operable windows (or a combination of both) have not met the intent of this credit.
See Appendix 1 – Default Occupancy Counts for occupancy count requirements and guidance.