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ASTM Selected Technical Papers
Performance of Buildings and Serviceability of Facilities
By
G Davis
G Davis
1
President/CEO
?
International Centre for Facilities
?
Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada
K1R 7X6 Symposium chairman and co-editor
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FT Ventre
FT Ventre
editor
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ISBN-10:
0-8031-1292-0
ISBN:
978-0-8031-1292-6
No. of Pages:
339
Publisher:
ASTM International
Publication date:
1990

This paper keynotes a panel discussion on measures of performance and serviceability of facilities that are applicable to individuals and small groups. The measures are derived within a control theory perspective of human performance in the built environment, using a general habitability model to organize their “controlled quantities” into appropriate scalar and value dimensions. The fundamental argument is that measures of facility performance should have a recursive nature which combines both environmental and behavioral referents. This captures what a user of a setting is trying to control in order to act in a certain way, and how elements of the setting participate in the ‘control loop’ that is established. Several examples illustrate how a relatively few powerful yet generalizable measures can assess many important conditions relevant to diverse questions of facility performance.

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