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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 quality, but also access to da...

  • The Workplace Environment as a Catalyst for Social Change

    We know workplace design can influence functional behaviors, but can it be a catalyst for social change? Can organizations use the environment to...

  • 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...

  • Circadian Light

    Circadian rhythms are physiological processes that occur in the body approximately every 24-hours. Medical research has linked circadian disrup...
  • The Importance of Daylight

    While many people prefer to be in spaces with abundant daylight, a critical question is to what extent the benefits of daylight matter to those who ...
  • 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 ...

  • Keys to Success

    Sustainable design, construction, operation, and renovation are best thought of as an integrated process, rather than a collection of things. The pr...
  • Project Guidance

    For each project there is a selection of issues and questions you should consider before selecting specific materials or products. This will help...

  • 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...
  • 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 ...

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Whole Building Systems

  • Lighting - GSA | Saving Energy through Lighting and Daylighting Strategies

    https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/Lighting_and_Daylighting_Two_Pager_508_compliant_2-9-15.pdf

  • Lighting - GSA | Saving Energy through Lighting and Daylighting Strategies

    https://app_gsagov_prod_rdcgwaajp7wr.s3.amazonaws.com/Lighting_and_Daylighting_Two_Pager_508_compliant_2-9-15.pdf

  • 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 - Lighting Engineer

    The lighting engineer, in cooperation with the rest of the integrative team, should ensure as much natural daylight permeates the space as possible....

  • Lighting - Energy Use

    By consuming 17% of the building’s total electricity consumption and further influencing overall energy demand by the waste heat it emits, lig...

  • Lighting - Architect

    The interior architecture and building layout play a significant role on the lighting strategy. Maximizing daylight requires meticulous planning of ...

  • Lighting - LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors (v4)

    LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors emphasizes daylight as a beneficial lighting strategy for the whole building. The rating system puts a preference on...

  • Lighting - Green Globes New Construction (NC)

    Green Globes certification for NC projects directly necessitates a sustainable lighting strategy in the categories of Site, Energy, and Indoor Envir...

  • Lighting - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    The lighting system is primarily addressed in the Energy and Indoor Environment categories of Green Globes for Existing Buildings. Incorporating hig...

  • IEQ - Daylight

    An effective daylighting strategy sufficiently illuminates the building space without subjecting occupants to inconvenient glare or light level fluc...

  • Lighting - Lighting Designer/Engineer

    The lighting engineer is responsible for ensuring that all lighting regulations are met, interior and exterior spaces are sufficiently and elegantly...

  • Lighting - Efficiency

    With payback periods often less than one year, lighting projects offer some of the simplest measures when seeking to reduce energy costs. For exampl...

  • 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 - Lighting Impact on Occupants

    Lighting Ecosystem Lighting in the workplace can be better understood as an ecosystem that includes lighting design as just one component of a netw...

  • 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...

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...
  • Daylight Controls

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

    Interior light shelves direct daylight deep into a space by bouncing natural light from the light-colored shelves up to the ceiling, where it is r...
  • LED

    Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights have become the most energy efficient and most life...
  • Clerestory Window

    Clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate into a space. They are designed to allow daylight to penetrate a space, and therefore are located ...
  • Skylights / Solar Tubes

    Skylights/light tubes allow daylight to penetrate into a space. They are typically located in the roof/ceiling and can vary in size. Certain solar...
  • Glass

    Glass doors are useful for allowing light into a space, and may be used as part of a daylighting strategy, both on the exterior and internally. Gl...
  • 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...