Title

Green buildings need good ergonomics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2013

Abstract

A retrospective post-occupancy evaluation survey of 44 occupants in two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum buildings on a US college campus is reported. The Internet survey covered a range of indoor environment and ergonomics issues. Results show that working in these buildings were a generally positive experience for their health, performance and satisfaction. However, in one building there were persistent issues of variability in air temperature, air freshness, air quality and noise that affected the perceived health and performance of the occupants. Although the buildings were energy-efficient and sustainable structures, ergonomics design issues were identified. Implications for the role of ergonomics in green buildings and in the US LEED rating system are discussed.Practitioner Summary: This survey identified a number of ergonomics design issues present in the LEED Platinum energy-efficient and sustainable buildings that were studied. These results highlight the importance of integrating ergonomics design into green buildings as a component in the US LEED rating system. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Name

Ergonomics

Volume Number

56

First Page

492

Last Page

506

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1080/00140139.2012.718367

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