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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...

  • Health

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

  • 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 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for approximately 44% of commercial building energy use.Source: U.S....
  • Buildings and Health

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

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • 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 barr...

  • Flexible Workplace Design

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

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

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

  • 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...
  • 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...

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Whole Building Systems

Materials

  • Overhead Air Distribution

    Overhead air distribution is the most common approach to mixing and delivering conditioned air to a space, though the delivery method can vary from ...
  • Under Floor Air Distribution

    Under floor air distribution systems supply conditioned air to an occupied space via diffusers in a raised floor. This system effectively maintains...
  • Thermostat

    A thermostat is a component of the HVAC controls system. Detection and communication of the space temperature is a critical component of overall HV...
  • Hot to Order Food

    Certain food items are often prepared to-order in front of patrions. These stations are often composed of cooking equipment behind a counter that i...
  • Deep Fryer

    Deep Fryers require energy to heat oil to high temperatures. They also require ventilation directly above the equipment and specialized suppression ...
  • Gas Burner

    Natural gas is often used in cook-top equipment similar to a residential range. Electric burners can be used in lieu of gas. Coo...
  • Grill and Griddle

    A grill and griddle uses heat elements under a metal surface to cook food. The heat elements can be powered by natural gas or el...
  • Oven and Grill Cleaners

    Over cleaners often use strong chemicals to break down accumulated grease and food residue. These cleansers can contribute to po...
  • Kitchen Exhaust Hoods

    Kitchen exhaust hoods are a large energy consumer in cafeteria spaces. Significant amounts of energy can be conserved by utilizing transfer air – co...
  • Copy Equipment

    Copiers, fax machines and other office equipment can be energy intensive. Many newly manufactured copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines are ...