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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...

  • Energy & Atmosphere

    Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a high level of indoor environmental qual...

  • 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.

  • 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...
  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services

    Follow these sustainable strategies as your space renovations are complete and the building and interiors are operated in an environmentally sustai...
  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project's sustainability. Environmentally responsibl...
  • Adaptable Workplace Laboratory

    This case study provides an in-depth look at using flexible interiors to design for adaptability
  • 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 ...
  • Flexible Workplace Design

    Today’s workplaces are often in flux. Organizations change direction or develop new services. People move to new sp...

  • Health

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

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

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

  • Buildings and Health

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

  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Building Selection

    A variety of physical building characteristics and operations policies should be evaluated for compliance with and support of the spaces’ heal...

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Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Lighting Control

    Incorporating task lights into the overall lighting strategy allows occupants to customize their ambient light conditions on a personalized basis. T...

  • Lighting - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

    The lighting systems must be commissioned (and recommissioned), and integrative design processes should be employed. Energy efficiency necessitat...

  • Lighting - Example Survey Questions

    Are lighting controls being integrated?

  • Lighting - Example Survey Questions

    Have the energy-efficient lighting systems and controls been commissioned?

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Integrate task lighting and thermal controls to leverage human behavior to promote IEQ.

  • Submetering - Green Globes NC

    Is there sub-metering installed for the following systems: light and lighting controls by floor or by zones, plug loads by floor or by zone, major e...

  • Lighting - Green Tips Behavior

    Use lighting controls that dynamically adjust lighting levels according to ambient levels while allowing manual override if desired.

  • Lighting - Green Tips Impact

    Provide occupants with ways to make meaningful changes to their lighting environments through personalization of task lighting and manual overrides ...

  • Lighting - Example Survey Questions

    Does the building incorporate any of the following high-efficiency lighting features: compact fluorescents, T8 or T5 fluorescent lamps, exit signs w...

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Commission all lighting systems including controls to ensure they are performing as required and create a retro-commissioning to maintain the desire...

  • Lighting - Green Tips Behavior

    Provide placards explaining the principles of automated light controls so users understand when and how it is appropriate to override those controls...

  • Lighting - Optimize Daylighting

    Large windows can provide daylight to interior spaces, but the daylight can be best used when complementary technologies are employed. Lighting cont...

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Retro-commission lighting controls to ensure that they continue to work as expected and are not obscured by new furniture arrangements.

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Limit the use of accent lighting. Couple necessary accent lighting applications with lighting controls to ensure highlighted objects are illuminated...

  • Lighting - Green Tips Behavior

    Facilitate the transition from a passive occupant to an active participant through training and incentives. Where appropriate, account for passive ...

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

    Provide occupants with safe and healthy ventilation and thermal comfort, in alignment with applicable ASHRAE standards and statutory requirements....

  • Lighting - System Bundling

    When specifying or replacing a particular lighting component, consider coordinating that component with other related building equipment. Lighting t...

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

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design for Operations & Maintenance: Existing Buildings (LEED O+M: EB) addresses lighting systems through...

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

    Limiting light trespass and resulting sky-glow from inefficient outdoor lighting is addressed in LEED, among other lighting-specific categories. Red...

  • 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...

  • Submetering - Impact on Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Submetering systems help to improve resource efficiency and conservation practices in a building, which can be used to improve indoor environmental ...

  • 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 - Comfort/Mood

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

  • 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....

  • IEQ - Controllability

    Occupant comfort can be optimized by providing high levels of individual or group controllability with regard to ambient air, lighting, and sound. T...

  • 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 ...

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

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) highlights indoor environmental quality in a fully ...

  • Lighting - Financial

    When employing sustainable lighting strategies, financial benefits can be realized from several sources including energy savings from proper control...

  • Lighting - Energy Policy Act of 1992

    The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) amended the National Energy Consumption Policy Act and gave federal agencies the authority to enter into ...

  • IEQ - Facility Manager

    By establishing green cleaning contracts and purchasing agreements that specify environmentally-friendly cleaning and office materials, the facility...

  • IEQ - Interior Designer

    Interior space not only impacts materials and resource use, but also is critical to human performance through safe and healthy interiors that promo...

  • Lighting - Occupant Behavior on Energy Efficiency

    Occupant behavior plays a critical role in achieving the designed energy efficiency of lighting systems. Energy modeling accuracies can often vary b...

  • Lighting - O&M

    A lighting upgrade can cut energy bills, improve the look of a facility, and boost employee morale, but all those benefits can fade away if the new ...

  • HVAC - Utility Demand Charges

    Your electricity bill tends to have several line items, such as costs for generation, distribution, and taxes. Some of these are related to consump...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • HVAC - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

    HVAC systems must be commissioned (and recommissioned), and integrative design principles should be employed. Energy efficiency necessitates HVA...

  • IEQ - System Overview

    Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors1 and as a result their comfort, health, and work performance rely heavily on indoor e...

Materials

  • Occupant Sensor

    Occupant controls use sensors to deter...
  • Timer

    Timer controls can be set to turn lights on and off at certain times, therefore specifying the duration of time the lights will be turned on.
  • Shades

    Shades are window coverings that block or reduce sunlight penetration through windows. Shades are available in different operational styles such as ...
  • Lighting Control Software

    Lighting can be controlled using comprehensive software that offers some of the following tools. Load shedding controls will turn off nonessential...
  • Occupancy-Control Device

    Occupancy control can save a great deal of energy as it energizes outlets only when users are present and de-energizes them when the space is vacan...
  • Manual-On, Vacancy-Off Control Device

    A manual-on, vacancy-off control device is a slight modification of the occupancy-control device. It energizes a plug-load when it receives manual i...
  • Daylight Controls

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

    Manual light switches are typically wall mounted switches that control lighting within a room.
  • 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 s...
  • Blinds

    Blinds are versatile window coverings. Blinds block or reduce sunlight penetration through windows. They are made with either vertical or horizontal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Task Lighting

    Task lights are designed to provide the occupant control of the light levels in their workspace. They illuminate specific work areas and allow fo...