Advanced faƧade 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 ā€œgreen premiumā€ is giving way to a business case for dynamic faƧades.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize aspects of faƧade design and construction that have proved detrimental to human health.
  • Identify faƧade 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 faƧade features to higher productivity and increased payback on green-design investment.