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The non-energy benefits of employee focused building design

The non-energy benefits of employee focused building design

Callaghan, Nicola, Mulville, Mark, Di-Maura, Stefania and Isaac, David (2015) The non-energy benefits of employee focused building design. In: Proceedings from the RICS/COBRA Conference. The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS).

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The issues surrounding sustainability are wide ranging from global warming and climate change to energy usage which has, in recent years, been associated with economic growth, social progress and improved standards of living. Until recently, the benefits of Energy Efficient (EE) construction have been assessed in terms of increased energy and cost savings and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions alone. However, sustainable buildings can produce multiple benefits for both business and economic development, commonly referred to as Non-Energy Benefits (NEBs) which have the potential to improve the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of organisations. Currently, there is a gap within the existing literature regarding the methods used to assess and evaluate NEBs. The results of a pilot study involving 93 participants’ highlights a variety of factors which have an impact on the overall level of comfort experienced by respondents within their working environment. Additionally, a critical review of potential methodological approaches used to gather data is provided and a revised method is suggested.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings from the RICS/COBRA Conference
Additional Information: RICS/COBRA Conference, 8-10 July 2015, Sydney, Australia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building, Construction, Non-energy benefits, Sustainability.
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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