Environmental psychology and sustainability in high-rise structures

Richard Wener, Hannah Carmalt

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Abstract

This paper addresses the human elements of sustainable design in urban high-rise buildings. While a number of technical developments have allowed for the minimization of resource consumption, little research has addressed the response of occupants to such facilities, or the degree to which success in reaching sustainability goals is dependent on user behavior. This paper reviews research in related areas and suggests ways in which social, psychological and behavioral issues may be important to sustainable design, as well as how ways attending to psychological needs can improve the success of meeting these and other goals. Social psychological and applied behavior analytical approaches are reviewed as ways to respond to conservation and recycling goals. The psychological and physiological benefits that green buildings confer on their occupants are also addressed, as are areas for future research, and steps that the building industry can take to develop more holistic and sustainable building practices that incorporate occupant behavioral needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume28
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

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Keywords

  • Biophilia
  • Conservation behavior
  • Green buildings
  • Productivity
  • Sustainable behavior
  • Sustainable high-rises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Environmental psychology and sustainability in high-rise structures. / Wener, Richard; Carmalt, Hannah.

In: Technology in Society, Vol. 28, No. 1-2, 01.2006, p. 157-167.

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