Indoor environment and productivity in a green building

Miwa Higuchi*, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Naoe Nishihara, Kotaro Ito, Asami Nagareda, Tsuyoshi Ito, Katsuaki Wada, Setsuko Yoshino, Ryohei Mase

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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate office workers' productivity in terms of the indoor environment and their activities. The surveyed office was an engineering laboratory designed for high energy conservation. In this study, field measurements in the office and a questionnaire survey to the workers were conducted to reveal, through study of the workers' activities, the relationship between the workers' creativity and the workplace environments. The results indicated that the indoor environment was maintained at good levels. Also satisfaction of studied building was higher than the building before relocation. However, some workers were dissatisfied with certain elements of the environment. Further consideration of these points could lead to improvements in productivity. Communication was observed to occur not only at designated communication spaces but also around the workers' desks. Additionally, workers requested suitable environments for each of their behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 2012 Jul 82012 Jul 12

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012


Conference10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CityBrisbane, QLD


  • Field studies
  • Human performance
  • Offices
  • Productivity
  • Thermal comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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