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Mapping the benefits of energy renovation in non-residential

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The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has undertaken a piece of research that can be considered a first step towards defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, controls and lighting on students, office workers and patients across Europe.

 

This study, which is based on more than 400 academic articles, dozens of case studies and expert interviews focusing on health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings, also considers performance impacts that are measured in various ways.

 

It has so been found that accuracy and speed are the principal aspects of human performance that are usually considered when assessing the relationship between IEQ and performance.

 

While this study does not take into account discussions on proper measurement of academic or work performance, it does consider educational achievement tests and neuro-behavioural performance tests as relatively objective indicators of learning or performance in schools and offices. Despite their limitations, these tests can be considered more accurate than subjective assessments of performance.

 

The study provides a map of the universe of better buildings, which can be accessed via this link.