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  • Time Indoors

    People in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors.

    Source: Environmental Protection Agency (1987).

  • 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 barriers and ...
  • Health

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

  • 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...

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

    Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

  • 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...

  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside the building. It includes air quality, but also access to da...

  • 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 ...

  • Integrative Design Process

    Integrative thinking looks for synergies among strategies - strategies that enhance one another. It also looks for strategies that, taken together, ...
  • 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...
  • Best Practices & Case Studies

    One of the best ways to learn and make the case for high-performance building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing th...
  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...
  • Enhancing Health with Indoor Air

    Four key levers to enhance health and performance by improving indoor air.

Views (to the Outside)

Building occupants with access to outside views have an increased sense of well-being. Keeping employees happy and healthy is good for business, as happy employees show higher productivity and increased job satisfaction, resulting in less employee turnover. In order to provide equitable access to views, it is recommended that private offices are located toward the core of the space and that low workstation panels are installed to allow for maximum daylight penetration. Use glass walls and partitions to enable views out from interior spaces.

Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Lighting Environment and Views

    Providing access to uniform general lighting, daylight and views has demonstrated beneficial returns in occupant morale, comfort, and productivity. ...

  • IEQ - Views

    Views to the outdoors provide building occupants with not only natural daylight but a visual connection to the environment. This visual connection h...

  • 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 ...

  • Lighting - EQc5

    Daylight and Quality Views

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Optimize views to the outdoors and provide mobility to access it.

  • IEQ - EQc5

    Daylight and Quality Views

  • IEQ - EQc8

    Qualtiy Views

  • IEQ - EQc8

    Quality Views

  • Planted Roof - EQc5

    Daylight and Quality Views

  • Planted Roof - EQc8

    Quality Views

  • Planted Roof - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M) for Existing Buildings addresses many of the benefits that planted roofs provide. Planted roofs have a positiv...

  • Planted Roof - LEED BD+C: New Construction (v4)

    While there is no unique credit that specifically addresses the construction of planted roofs, LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C)...

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Provide views to the outdoors for as many occupants as possible. Consider integrating transparent wall panels and locating private offices to the in...

  • Lighting - Green Tips Impact

    Design windows to allow daylight to penetrate as far as possible into the space. Consider using light shelves to reflect daylight off the ceiling an...

  • 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...

  • HVAC - Operations and Maintenance Costs

    Proper maintenance extends the life of your HVAC equipment and saves energy along the way. Panicked, late night service calls for your suddenly br...

  • IEQ - Ventilation and IAQ

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

  • IEQ - Barriers

    IEQ investments can face barriers even with promising payback potential. Quantifying the economic benefit of improved occupant morale and performanc...

  • Solid Waste - Computers for Learning (CFL) and GSAXcess

    Computers for Learning (CFL) and GSAXcess: “The CFL program evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology:...

  • Lighting - Comfort/Mood

    Creating a sustainable and well-functioning lighting strategy by integrating efficient lighting technologies, controls, and space layout has been sh...

  • IEQ - Comfort and Productivity

    Studies have demonstrated likely productivity gains attributed to increased occupant comfort of 0.5 – 5% from direct improvements in the quali...

  • 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...

  • Submetering - Financial

    Submetering can be a financially viable component of energy management by informing improved energy consumption management. It is important to remem...

  • Lighting - Health

    Poorly designed lighting systems, characterized by uncomfortable fluctuations in luminance levels or excessive glare, causes visual discomfort and l...

  • IEQ - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings: New Construction and Modernization

    Adhere to ASHRAE Standard 55 and either 62.1 or 62.2 Control moisture to minimize mold contamination and building damage. Maximize daylighting,...

Materials

  • Interior Glazing

    Interior glazing is an option that may replace part of the standard wall construction to allow natural light to penetrate into the interior spaces...
  • Steel Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Aluminum Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Wood Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Glass - Tinted / Colored / Fritted

    Although clear glass is the most common glass component of a window system, tinted glass may be used to reduce solar heat gain. Multiple colors are ...
  • Storefront / Curtainwall Assemblies

    Storefront or curtainwall assemblies are "built-up" systems of glazing and metal frames that can span full or multiple floors. These systems requi...
  • Systems Furniture

    Systems furniture is frequently used in open office areas because of its flexibility in being reconfigured and rearranged. It is generally comprised...
  • Glass - Single Pane

    Single pane windows are not typical in new commercial buildings as they resist the transfer of heat poorly and have an insulating value (R-value) of...
  • Glass - Multi-Pane

    Single-pane glass has been replaced by double, triple and even quadruple panes, with insulating materials separating the layers. Inert gasses may ...
  • Glass - Low Emissivity

    A Low-E coating is a microscopic thin layer of metal or metal oxide deposited on window glass to prevent heat and ultra-violet (UV) rays from passin...