The goal of the guidelines in this section is to provide exemplary indoor air quality and other interior environmental conditions to promote occupant health, wellbeing, and productivity. Here, health is more than the absence of disease, and wellbeing includes provision of physical comfort and psychological satisfaction with the physical work environment.
The provision of indoor environmental quality at levels that support productive human habitation both complements and supports the environmental and economic goals for sustainable building. Appropriate indoor environmental qualities of air, temperature, sound, light, and visible and physical space, and occupants’ ability to personally control these are the building’s contributions to the biological bases of occupant comfort, health, and wellbeing. Harmful effects on occupants of poor indoor environmental quality are well documented in laboratory and field studies. Similarly, enhanced indoor environmental quality helps occupants feel and perform at their best, with subsequent health, wellbeing, and productivity benefits for themselves and their work organizations. These indoor environmental quality guidelines are constructed to first and foremost help prevent harm coming to occupants, then to optimize environmental quality conditions to correspond with human physiological processes, and finally to fine tune environmental conditions to work activities in a way that further enhances personal and organizational productivity.
General Indoor Environmental Quality Information
The following information is collected in the Indoor Environmental Quality section of the B3 Guidelines Tracking Tool, under section P.0:
- Indoor environmental quality strategies used, including narrative
- Updated Indoor environmental quality strategies used, including narrative