Do green buildings outperform conventional buildings? Indoor environment and energy performance in North American offices

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report (National Research Council Canada. Construction); no. RR-329
Physical description71 p.
AbstractA comprehensive post-occupancy investigation of the performance of “green” and “conventional” office buildings has been completed. The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from 24 buildings (12 green, 12 conventional) across Canada and the northern US. Occupants completed a questionnaire with items related to environmental satisfaction, job satisfaction and organizational commitment, health and well-being, environmental attitudes, and commuting behaviour. In total we recorded valid surveys from 2545 occupants. In addition, we conducted on-site physical measurements at each building. At a sample of workstations we collected data on prevailing thermal conditions, air quality, acoustics, and lighting. In addition, we recorded workstation size, ceiling height, window access and shading, electric lighting system, and surface finishes. In total we recorded valid data from 974 workstations.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; Construction
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NPARC number20857897
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Record created2012-10-24
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