Buildings and Beyond – Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Buildings and Beyond – Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Human Psychology and the Built Environment with Kristof Irwin

July 18, 2019

When all is said and done, buildings are intended for people. So, why do some buildings lack the components critical to human health and happiness? This podcast explores the human-centered approach to designing buildings, focusing on the value preference systems that guide our everyday decisions.
To help us better understand this often neglected topic, we invited a special guest from the Building Science Podcast, Kristof Irwin. From his experience as an engineer, research scientist, and physicist, Kristof describes the human psychology behind decision making and the physiological impacts associated with the built environment.

Episode Guest: Kristof Irwin, PE, M. Eng.
Kristof Irwin, P.E., M Eng., is the visionary principal of Positive Energy. Kristof’s background includes 12 years of experience as a custom builder (including deep energy retrofits and zero-net energy projects) and 11 years as a building science consultant. He worked for 14 years as an engineer, research scientist, and physicist for government and university research labs. He is active in the local and national high-performance building community including his role as the Chair of AIA Austin’s Building Enclosure Committee, several ASHRAE committees – ASHRAE TC-2.1 (Physiology & Human Environment), ASHRAE SSPC-55 (Thermal comfort), ASHRAE SSPC-62.2 (Ventilation/IAQ), and the RESNET ANSI Standards Development Committee (SDC).
Be sure to check out Kristof and The Building Science Podcast!
Episode Information & Resources:
The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function (COGfx Study)
Positive Energy Website
The Building Science Podcast
Right Use of Power Book

Upcoming Events and Conferences
2019 NEEP Summit: Electrification Northeast Symposium | August 27-29
Join co-hosts NEEP and NESCAUM at EPRI’s 2019 U.S. Symposium Series for a deep dive into regional issues and opportunities around electrification. “Pathways to Decarbonization in the Northeast” will be held August 27–29 at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York. The event will convene leaders from government, industry, community, and advocacy to address opportunities, trends, and challenges of minimizing the carbon footprint of homes, buildings, and transportation in the Northeast U.S.

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About Buildings and Beyond
Buildings and Beyond is a production of Steven Winter Associates. We provide energy, green building, and accessibility consulting services to improve the built environment. For more information, visit
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