Advanced Buildings Technologies & Practices
This paper discusses the operable windows for offices. Most new office buildings have fixed windows. Most building designers avoid the use of operable windows because if windows are left open, the building HVAC system could experience an unduly high heating or cooling load. Furthermore, operable windows are more expensive than fixed windows. Operable windows are best suited to individual offices. In open-plan offices, there may be confusion over who should control the windows.