Advanced faĆ§ade designs improve light quality, airflow control, nature views, acoustics, and other variables affecting the quality of workplace life. Most firms spend more on personnel than on facilities. High-performance features still involve upfront costs, but as the relations of health, absenteeism, productivity, and the full range of returns on investment become clearer, austerity toward the āgreen premiumā is giving way to a business case for dynamic faĆ§ades.
- Recognize aspects of faĆ§ade design and construction that have proved detrimental to human health.
- Identify faĆ§ade features that enhance light exposure, air quality, thermal control, acoustics, natural views, and other features contributing to the quality of life and health.
- Understand the relations of workplace quality-of-life variables to direct and indirect business metrics.
- Demonstrate familiarity with research linking faĆ§ade features to higher productivity and increased payback on green-design investment.