Strategising Ergonomics Sustainability: Reviewing Passive Design Approaches and Its Applications for Humane Design

Stephen T.F. Poon

Integrated Sustainability & Urban Creativity Centre Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Malaysia

Page 88 – 105   |   Vol. 6 No. 2 2021   |    Available online on 1 December 2021


This paper brings together classical principles of sustainable design to frame perspectives and
arguments for humane design in reducing environmental impacts. Research will focus on the application of ergonomic principles in the processes of choosing materials and built construction, and to discuss the impact of integrating climatic and humane design strategies. The case study compares application of three pioneering sustainable architecture. The basis of this interpretive case method of research enables a contemporary reinterpretation in ergonomics sustainability while enhancing perspectives on passive design opportunities still
valid today. The main objective of study is to examine several questions: What key architectural issues cause negative environmental impacts? How are fundamental elements of passive design be applied in developing sustainable ergonomic architecture designs without compromising future resource needs? An American case study is presented. The primary assessment method is an analysis of the ways in which the principles of economy of resources, lifecycle design and humane design are incorporated into the architectural concept and
planning. It is hoped the analysis leads field practitioners to seek environmental solutions for built construction methods and technologies, while consciously adopting a pro-environmental strategy in sustainable architectural design planning.


Architectural Design, Construction, Humane Design, Passive Design, Sustainable

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