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  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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.

Daylight Controls

Daylight controls measure the amount of daylight/ambient light in a room and adjust the electric light levels accordingly. Daylight controls should be designed with multiple zones to reflect the differing levels of ambient light entering a space. In areas closest to the window where there is a great deal of daylight in the space, the controls dim the electric light levels; and in areas farther away from the window with lower levels of daylight, the controls increase the amount of electric light in the space.

Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Green Tips

    Install meters in different areas or zones of the water system to monitor flow rates.

  • IEQ - Zoning / Blocking

    Acoustical zoning supports both workers that need concentrative quietness to complete tasks and those in need of vocal interaction. Separate noise g...

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Provide acoustical zones for different work environments with signage to remind occupants of “quiet” areas.

  • Solid Waste - EPA | Atlanta Launches Southeast's First Zero Waste Zone

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  • Green Roof - Green Tips

    Consider local zoning regulations and policies when installing rooftop gardens for food production.

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Thermal Comfort

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

  • IEQ - Acoustical Comfort

    Surveys of indoor environmental comfort often identify acoustics as an area of largest dissatisfaction. As the move toward open workspaces continues...

  • IEQ - Thermal Comfort

    Providing thermal comfort controllability can be achieved in a number of ways. Individual controls, such as thermostats, local diffusers, variable v...

  • IEQ - Acoustical Engineer

    Occupant IEQ surveys often report significant dissatisfaction with building acoustical performance. The acoustical engineer is tasked with creating ...

  • 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 - Mechanical Engineer

    Optimization of the HVAC system is critical in maintaining a healthy and productive indoor environment. The mechanical engineer is responsible for p...

  • 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 - Human Behavior

    The way occupants interact with and utilize the building space has a direct effect on overall IEQ as many times it is humans that introduce harmful ...

  • 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...

  • HVAC - Human Behavior on HVAC

    Human behavior and interaction with the building space plays a critical component in achieving holistic sustainability. Desired gains in energy effi...

  • Green Roof - Food Production

    Rooftop gardens and farms have been recognized as a promising form of urban agriculture, and a way to take advantage of a significant amount of flat...

Materials

  • 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...
  • Daylight Controls

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

    Ceiling fans can offer occupants the ability to control ambient comfort without making adjustments to the room, zone, or building mechanical system....
  • Daylight Controls

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