Greening Buildings : How can the performance of existing commercial buildings be improved?
Newman, Peter, Hargroves, Karlson, Desha, Cheryl, Hall, Samantha, Sparks, David, Matan, Annie, Blustein, Sholam, Dutta, Kuntal, Hafteh , Georgina, Davies, Tim, Salter, Rob, & Duncan, William D. (2012) Greening Buildings : How can the performance of existing commercial buildings be improved? Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc).
Efforts to improve the performance of commercial buildings have often focused on encouraging green design, construction and building operation; however, the business case is not very compelling if considering the energy cost savings alone. In recent years green building has been driven by a sense that it will improve the productivity of occupants, something with even greater economic returns than energy savings. Reducing energy demand in commercial buildings in a way that encourages greater productivity is not yet well understood as it involves a set of complex and interdependent factors. This project investigates these factors and focuses on the performance of and interaction between: green design elements, indoor environment quality, tenant/ leasing agreements and culture, occupant experience, and building management practices.
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