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Open in a separate window Studies with Only Occupant Surveys The simplest way to obtain information on both indoor environmental quality IEQ and occupant satisfaction is through surveys. While a strength of surveys is that they can be deployed in large cohorts, a limitation is that they are subjective measures of exposure and outcomes and therefore prone to information bias e.
Several studies of green buildings have used an occupant survey tool created by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley.
This method gave the CBE survey a relatively high level of validity. The studies were discordant on the effects of other parameters. The discrepancies in results are primarily driven by the building inclusion and exclusion criteria used in each study.
Each researcher analyzed a different subset of the CBE dataset based on when the study was conducted, what the required response rate was, how the responses were weighted, and which buildings were classified as LEED and non-LEED. For example, Altomonte et al.
Using a different survey tool, Paul and Taylor performed a survey of occupants of one green office building and two conventional office buildings on a university campus [ 42 ].
The survey measured self-report comfort and satisfaction perception. A critical difference between the green and conventional buildings that could not be controlled for in a study this small is the type of ventilation natural vs mechanical, respectively. The authors conclude that there were no differences between the buildings, except for occupants in the green building were more likely to report being warm and more likely to describe the work environment as poor; however, detached from the conclusion is an observation that the hydronic cooling system was not working properly in the green building at the time of the study.
Therefore, the conclusions regarding thermal comfort were almost certainly a result of a malfunctioning cooling system and not related to the comparison of green versus conventional buildings.
A similar study investigated the same IEQ parameters in a different set of university buildings [ 43 ]. Three hundred nine total occupants from two green LEED Silver and one conventional building completed surveys on their work environment and health. The occupant surveys in the two green buildings were inconsistent for most environmental conditions investigated, including air temperature, air movement, and noise.
Satisfaction with ventilation, air quality, and lighting was significantly higher in the green buildings. The authors concluded that aspects of green building design can result in better perceived IEQ as rated by building occupants.
They did not find evidence that the green buildings were more comfortable or productive workplaces.
The authors report significantly increased physical well-being and satisfaction with many IEQ parameters for employees in the green building compared to the conventional building. Occupants of the green housing reported better perceptions of ventilation, air movement, and reductions in humidity and stale air.
Lighting conditions were perceived as dimmer in the green housing. GSA conducted a survey of 22 sustainably designed buildings from representative areas of the country in order to compare performance against national averages 16 met or exceeded LEED, and 6 met Energy Star or California Title 24 Energy Standard.
The survey included information on occupant experience. Higher satisfaction was reported for air quality, general building satisfaction, cleanliness and thermal comfort. There were no differences in satisfaction with lighting, and they found lower scores for sound privacy, but not noise level.
Unlike the studies described previously, the questions focused on absenteeism and productivity rather than environmental perceptions. Combining these impacts together resulted in Several studies have complemented occupant satisfaction with the built environment with objective measures of IEQ.
They found improvements in thermal conditions, indoor air quality, noise, and lighting, all of which contributed to higher occupant satisfaction scores. They report thermal quality and ventilation as less satisfactory in the green factory and no difference in acoustics or air quality.
The survey was performed on 35 workers randomly selected from each facility, but then matched based on work location and type of work. Matching was not performed for age or other potential confounding variables gender, years worked, supervisor.
At each building, an IEQ assessment was conducted and occupants completed a questionnaire about their well-being. The green buildings performed slightly worse for noise and better for indoor air quality, with other IEQ parameters being largely consistent. Occupants in green buildings reported higher satisfaction with access to outside views, better mood, better sleep quality at night, and fewer visual or physical discomfort reports.
Several studies in public housing have used self-reported health metrics in conjunction with occupant satisfaction with IEQ to better characterize well-being. The extent of the renovation included the substitution of gas stoves for electric units, integrated pest management as well as the use of biodegradable cleaners; no smoking is permitted in the complex premises.Jul 10, · Building acoustics was the one IEQ parameter that did not consistently score better in green buildings; in several studies, participants reported lower satisfaction with noise.
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