Helene Teufl (Austria)
Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, TU Wien
Towards a protocol for qualitive building affordance assessment
Buildings typically offer their occupants a number of devices and elements (such as windows, luminaires, and radiators) to control the indoor environmental conditions. It is noticeable that there is a lack of standardised procedures to evaluate inhabitants' opportunities to influence these conditions to match their needs and requirements.
We refer to this controllability aspect of indoor environments as their "affordance," and there has been recent progress in the development of an affordance assessment protocol, tested for multiple rooms. This appears to provide a realistic possibility to include the affordance aspect in building assessment procedures.
Teufl holds a master's degree in architecture from TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. Since 2016 she has been working at the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology at TU Wien, where she is a researcher and doctoral candidate. Her research areas involve building science (room acoustics, space cooling) and human ecology (evaluation and certification of buildings' indoor environmental quality).