Environmental quality in sustainable building design: selective versus exclusive

Grainne McGill, Greg Keeffe

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Two very different approaches aiming at achieving sustainable design are the selective and exclusive model. The selective model refers to a building that is predominately controlled by the occupants; utilising climatic conditions to provide comfortable interiors. The exclusive model accepts technological devices as the primary agent of control through automatic systems; isolating the interior from the exterior and creating a fundamental dislocation from the natural environment. This paper discusses the development of these two conflicting sustainable design strategies, with particular reference to interior environmental quality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives for Integrated Design
EditorsAhmed Z. Khan, Karen Allacker
Place of PublicationLeuven
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015


  • environmental quality
  • sustainable building design
  • selective model
  • exclusive model


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