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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...
  • Department of Defense (DoD) Sustainable Product Purchasing

    The Department of Defense (DoD) established a sustainable product purchasing program to enhance and sustain mission readiness through...

  • Policies & Strategies

    This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the co...
  • Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

    Energy Management Systems (EnMS) are a set of business processes that enable facility managers to act on energy usage data and optimize eff...

  • 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 ...

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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/Absenteeism

    Happier and more comfortable occupants tend to miss fewer days of work and perform at sustained levels when approaching tasks throughout the day. Pr...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 - 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 - DYK1

    IEQ improvements can save $10-30 billion from reduced symptoms of sick building syndrome.Source: Fisk, W.J,”Health and Productivity Gains from Bette...

  • IEQ - DYK2

    The estimated benefits of a 30% reduction of dampness and mold in offices include 1.5 million days of avoided absence per year, worth $0.5 billion...

  • 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 - Lighting Environment and Views

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

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Indoor Environmental Quality on Humans

    Research has demonstrated that some of the largest impacts on humans stemming from within the office building relate to chronic exposure to environm...

  • IEQ - Ventilation and IAQ

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

  • IEQ - Health

    It is no surprise that our physical and mental well-being is directly impacted by our environment: the air we breathe, the temperatures we feel, and...

  • HVAC - O&M

    An environmental conscious HVAC upgrade can reduce energy usage bills by lowering resource consumption and improving the indoor environment for huma...

  • 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...

  • 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 - Financial

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

  • HVAC - Financial

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

  • IEQ - Thermal Comfort

    Thermal conditions, which include air temperature, relative humidity, and velocity, greatly impact overall occupant comfort and associated productiv...

  • Planted Roof - Occupant Satisfaction

    The term "biophilia", meaning love of nature, is increasingly being used in high-performance building design. The goal of biomimicry is to recreate ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wall Tile

    Porcelain, stone, and ceramic wall tile are durable and cleanable materials that are frequently used in areas of high use or where liquids are prese...
  • Porcelain Tile

    Porcelain Tile is a durable, cleanable modular finish that is suitable in wet locations or areas prone to liquids or spills.
  • Fabrics / Upholstery

    Use durable and cleanable upholstery for soft-sided furniture, especially in rooms where coffee, drinks, or food may be present. Select upholst...