Windows can have a profound im- pact on your building’s sustainability. Plentiful daylight can decrease your
electrical consumption and views to the
outdoors increase occupant productivity. But expanses of glass also add glare
and unwanted heat gain. If you need to
add shades or films to tame the sunshine,
determine which solution is the best for
your building by using the online tool Efficient Window Coverings.
Aimed primarily at multifamily property managers, the online portal uses a
master table of window covering options
and attributes with a range of values that
were determined in a consensus process.
These values are then adjusted for fac-
tors such as climate, existing treatments,
historic building status, and window type,
such as single or double pane clear and
with or without low-E coatings.
Users can refine their results by mark-
ing qualities that are important or crucial
to their installation. These include thermal
needs such as insulation, solar heat con-
trol, and airtightness and visual factors
like daylight, glare control, or privacy.
Features such as egress, security, and
sound absorption can also be specified.
Based on your selection criteria,
the tool will recommend which type
of window treatment is compatible for
your project. These include applied films,
TOOL TO COMPARE WINDOW COVERINGS
Evaluate which solution is right for your facility
Walking or cycling work- stations can not only
boost physical but mental
health as well, says a study
from Indiana University-Pur-
due University Indianapolis.
Researchers evaluated 180
study participants randomly
assigned to seated, standing,
cycling, or walking worksta-
tions to learn whether or
not the working conditions
affected cognitive, emotional,
or professional performance.
The research found that
participants using walking
workstations tended to have
higher satisfaction and less
boredom than those workers in sedentary positions. While work-
ers generally saw benefits to the walking workstations, those
using cycling workstations showed less satisfaction and lower
performance than sedentary workers.
In addition to the study’s measurements, body mass index
and exercise habit data was collected and the researchers found
that the benefits of walking while working extended to even
those workers who did not regularly exercise.
SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES BENEFIT
The benefits of sustainability projects may extend even further than reduced material use or energy consumption. A
new survey shows that employee retention and recruitment are
boosted by sustainable practices as well.
The study, conducted by Indiana University, shows that nearly
all surveyed companies receive boosts in employee recruitment
and worker motivation after implementing sustainable practices,
with the researchers pointing to the influx of younger workers to
explain the increased interest in business sustainability practices.
Noting that the highly recruited individuals coming from college and graduate programs frequently have a strong interest in
sustainability, the survey’s authors point out that the subsequent
hiring gains and retention lead to “a more experienced, driven,
and satisfied workforce.”
screens, blinds, shades, panels, shutters,
Each recommended option is paired
with an overview of how the covering
functions, pros and cons, key benefits,
installation recommendations, and maintenance considerations. A list of qualified
manufacturers is also provided.
The tool was developed by the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(LBNL) Windows and Daylighting group
and is supported by the Department of
Energy, its Office of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the
Building Technologies program. Visit at