The comfort and well-being of the occupants of a building are evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria. Whether it is a matter of obtaining a certain level of acoustic or thermal comfort or a healthy and well-lit environment, appropriate constructive solutions need to be implemented. It has been found that a well-designed building increases productivity and that occupants have a better quality of life. Some studies have also shown that the use of wood increases occupants’ comfort and well-being.
In this session, certain features that contribute to the comfort and well-being of occupants of wood buildings will be discussed.. Concrete examples will be presented by the speaker.
Marie-France Stendahl, a Canadian architect with a diploma from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland, has more than 15 years of international experience. A member of the White agency since 2006, she is a principal architect and was responsible for the creation of its Canadian office. She has been involved in several international competitions, including two launched by Québec City (Rêvons nos rivières, 2017) and Montreal (Corridor de biodiversité), for which White won the second prize in 2018; the Smart Cities Challenge of Infrastructure Canada, where White was a finalist with Yellowknife; as well as C40’s Reinventing Cities, in which the agency was also a finalist, in Montreal. Ms. Stendahl has made presentations at a variety of international conferences, including those held by the Canada Green Building Council, the Institut de développement urbain du Québec, the government of the Northwest Territories, and Cecobois. She is also part of the jury named by the Ordre des architectes du Québec for its 2019 Prix d’excellence en architecture. In addition, Ms. Stendahl teaches at the engineering faculty of Lund University in Sweden. In addition to her functions as an architect and teacher, she conducts research on climate change, permafrost and the application of carbon sequestration technologies to the built environment.