Indoor Climate and Productivity in Offices. How to integrate productivity in life-cycle analysis of building services

REHVA Guidebook No. 6

 

Authors: Pawel Wargocki and Olli Seppänen (editors), Johnny Andersson, Atze Boerstra, Derek Clements-Croome, Klaus Fitzner, Sten Olaf Hanssen

Publisher: REHVA (Federation of European Heating and Air-conditioning Associations)

Price: €50

Language: English

 

Summary

The quantitative relationships presented in this guidebook can be used to calculate the costs and benefits of running and operating the building, as illustrated by several examples. One of the aims of these examples is to emphasize that the costs of running the building are much lower than the benefits from improved office work obtained by reducing temperatures or improving of indoor air quality. This is further presented in the guidebook by comparing the typical costs of wages, and typical energy and operation costs.

The main purpose of the guidebook is to increase the awareness of building owners and practitioners to indoor environmental quality and its importance for office work. This is attempted by showing how large profits can be obtained from fairly small investments. Examples on how to convince the client in practice are given.

 

Contents

The role of indoor environment for performance

The role of productivity

Effects of IEQ on performance of office work

Quantitative relationships between indoor environmental quality, performance and sick leave

Calculation procedure

Case studies

Who benefits from improved indoor environment?