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  • 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 ...
  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...
  • Enhancing Health with Indoor Air

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

Daylight Sufficiency Goal

The daylight sufficiency goal specifies the amount of daylight needed to provide adequate light to perform typical tasks appropriate to each space, without additional electric lighting. It is measured in lumens or foot-candles. 


Find more from GSA's Saving Energy through Lighting and Daylighting Strategiesopens in new window resource. 

Whole Building Systems

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Avoid over-lighting by delivering the amount and quality of light necessary for the particular task.

  • Lighting - Green Tips Behavior

    Provide information at workstations explaining the benefits of the lighting system and offer suggestions for adjusting task lighting levels for vari...

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Green Tips

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

  • IEQ - General Lighting

    Supplementing natural light with a combination of direct and indirect light sources creates a consistent and well dispersed indoor lighting level fo...

  • 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 - 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 - Behavioral Change

    An educational campaign for your staff can quickly pay for itself. Ask your employees to turn off the lights when leaving a room, particularly at th...

  • 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 - 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 - 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...

  • 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 - 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....

Materials

  • 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...
  • Lighting Control Software

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