Architectural Design for an Industrial Enclosure

Once the information on the industrial processes and space requirements, the indoor climate requirements for workers, machinery, and products, and a lot for the factory have been obtained, then the architectural design of the indus­trial enclosure can be accomplished. A complete factory or industrial building may consist of several enclosures where industrial processes are run. One heating and ventilation plant may service several enclosures, or there may be a separate system for each enclosure.

The architectural design of an industrial enclosure must primarily satisfy the requirements for space and functions to accomplish the industrial process. Secondly, the architectural design should support the goals for good indoor en­vironment and low energy consumption. Good indoor environment and low en­ergy consumption can, for example, be supported by use of windows for day lighting and avoiding problems with down-draft and direct solar radiation.

Development in industrial processes and in work environment during the lifetime of an industrial hall should be predicted and planned for during the architectural design.

Utilization of natural ventilation for air conditioning will normally inter­act with the architectural design, and it should be considered early in the de­sign process.