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  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside the building. It includes air qualit...

  • Sense of Place

    What makes a workplace special? What fosters a sense of attachment, engagement and identity? These are the kinds of questions that underlie the ...

  • Occupant Comfort

    Comfortable workers are more likely to be productive and engaged with their work than those who struggle to work in spaces that create barr...

  • Health

    Good health has both physical and psychological components. Being healthy means the absence of disease and illness, as well as feeling posi...

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • Buildings and Health

    The challenge for building design and operations is to identify and eliminate health risks while also providing positive physical, emotional, and...

  • Spatial Equity

    Organizations today are less hierarchical and work is more team based, more mobile, and more cross functional. A key to spatial equity is that sp...

  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...

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Worker Productivity

Productivity is the quality and/or quantity of goods or services produced by a worker. Good indoor environmental quality – access to views, comfortable temperatures, comfortable lighting, good acoustics, and ergonomic design, etc. – supports employees’ ability to do a good job. On the other hand, compromised IEQ hinders their ability to work. It makes good business sense, then, to keep employees happy, healthy, and productive. This, in turn, creates more and higher quality output for organizations. 

Whole Building Systems

  • Lighting - Productivity

    Even though energy and maintenance are significant portions of an organization’s operating budget, these tend to be greatly outweighed by the cost o...

  • Lighting - DYK 2

    An upgrade that results in a 35% increase in lighting efficiency could save over $0.18/sf/yr.Courtesy: E Source; data from Right Light Consortium ...

  • IEQ - Occupant Health & Productivity

    In aggregate, improvements in IEQ have been estimated to have potential annual savings of: $6-14 billion from reduced respiratory disease $1-4 b...

  • Lighting - Workplace Specialist

    Defining and establishing lighting quality and performance criteria for the daily activities of the worker is the role of the workplace specialist. ...

  • IEQ - Occupant

    The occupant’s health and productivity is directly affected by the IEQ and therefore their well-being should be considered throughout the inte...

  • HVAC - HVAC Impact on Humans

    Providing high quality thermal and ventilation comfort as part of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in commercial offices is a high priority for fe...

  • IEQ - Daylight / Views

    Providing daylight access and views for occupants is important in reaching performance goals as part of the IEQ strategy. According to a study done ...

  • Planted Roof - Aesthetics

    Both intensive and extensive planted roofs can create an attractive space for building occupants, and views for those in neighboring buildings. Inte...

  • Lighting - System Overview

    Lighting accounts for nearly 20% of the total electricity costs of commercial buildings in the United States.1 Effective lighting systems invol...

  • IEQ - Ventilation and IAQ

    Ventilation, filtration, and the associated indoor air quality are important for maintaining occupant health and satisfaction. Providing ventilation...

  • HVAC - System Overview

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for providing thermal comfort and fresh air to building occupants. This is...

Materials

  • Paints and Coatings

    Paints and coatings provide an aesthetically appealing atmosphere for a commercial setting. Paints and coatings should contain low or no VOCs to m...
  • Wall Covering

    Wall coverings, such as classic wallpaper, wallpaper murals and borders, provide a unique aesthetically appealing atmosphere for a commercial settin...
  • Decorative / Accent Lighting

    Decorative / accent lighting is designed to illuminate special architectural features or artwork. Decorative / accent lighting fixtures typically u...
  • Daylight Controls

    Daylight controls measure the amount of daylight/ambient light in a room and adjust the electric light levels accordingly. Daylight controls shou...
  • Occupant Sensor

    Occupant controls use sensors to deter...
  • Seating

    Seating is a critical component of the furnishings. High quality ergonomically flexible seating options are paramount in supporting a high quality ...
  • Dry Erase Wall Panels

    Dry erase wall panels can transform any smooth surface into a high-performance dry-erase writing surface. A dynamic workspace can be created with a...
  • Bio-Based Tile

    Bio-Based tiles are a type of resilient flooring comprised of  polymers made with plant materials rather than traditional PVC. The product cate...
  • Stainless Steel

    Stainless Steel sheet goods can easily be cut or formed into a variety of countertop shapes and profiles. Welded to a stainless steel frame or appli...
  • Perimeter Units

    Known by a number of commons terms such as "induction units," "window units," and "floor units," perimeter HVAC units bring conditioned air out to t...