Design lessons learned from the lied animal shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada: A post-occupancy evaluation of the thermal and luminous environmental conditions

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Conference Proceeding


The luminous and thermal environments of the Lied Animal Shelter located in Las Vegas, Nevada were examined over a three week period during April of 2006. The post-occupancy evaluation of this campus focused on the recently completed kennel areas, which were monitored by eight groups of students using a case study approach that looked at the appropriateness of the daylighting and mix-mode ventilation strategies from the perspective of environmental quality and occupant well-being. The illumination studies evaluated the different daylighting strategies used on the North and South kennels. The studies concluded that the illumination (daylighting only) during the middle and late hours of the day is three times brighter in the North kennels than in the South kennels, and five times brighter during early daylit hours. The thermal environment studies looked primarily at the evaluation of thermal comfort and the performance of the stack ventilation strategy featured in the kennel areas. These studies demonstrated, after taking temperature and humidity readings over a two day period, that the performance of the stack exhausts was compromised because these areas were used for storage purposes, with several inlets being blocked by stacked food bags. The post-occupancy evaluation of this project was successful in that it helped the design firm, Tate Snyder and Kimsey Architects, make the case for commissioning the building, as some aspects of the mix-mode ventilation strategy were not clearly understood by the occupants of the campus, which had already begun to modify aspects of the building due to their lack of understanding of the strategies employed in this project. Copyright © (2009) by the American Solar Energy Society