Creating Occupant-Focused Buildings: Focusing on Thermal Comfort

In this interview, Staci Atwater, mechanical engineer with the Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group, discusses using data to optimize thermal comfort and create occupant-focused buildings.

A crucial aspect of a healthy building is maintaining the thermal comfort level for the occupant. Beyond the issues of physical and mental well-being, properly calibrated thermal comfort also can have impacts on productivity and social equity.

In this episode of our Data-Driven Design series, Staci Atwater discusses our approach to quantifying optimal thermal comfort levels for different spaces and occupant populations, and the tools we use to gather and utilize data in the designs we create.

Kameron Beeks

Kameron Beeks, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, DBIA

Kameron is a mechanical engineer with experience working on multiple projects that have achieved or pursued LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge, and Collaborative for High Performance Schools certification. Kameron has designed unique sustainable systems, such as vacuum plumbing technologies, active chilled beams, radiant systems, measurement and verification reporting strategies, and dashboarding. He also writes the software for several of Tetra Tech’s internal design calculation programs.

Staci Atwater

Staci Atwater, LFA, WELL AP

Staci brings more than nearly 10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the commercial, hospitality, life science, and institutional market sectors. She provides thoughtful leadership on projects, as well as training to other project managers throughout the firm. Staci specializes in sustainable projects, such as net zero energy (NZE) facilities and projects pursuing LEED, WELL, or Living Building Challenge certifications. She leads interdisciplinary design teams resulting in holistic building design and has presented at conferences for NZE design, occupant comfort, natural ventilation, and wellness design.