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Natural Lighting and Cubicals
- Subject: Natural Lighting and Cubicals
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- Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 14:16:40 -0600
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Fowarded on behalf of Tim
There have been a number of studies comparing human performance in
areas versus non-daylight areas. See
-- there is one study that found improved academic performance of public
school kids when in rooms with more daylight. I have also heard of a US
Postal Service study that showed huge productivity improvements in a mail
sorting facility when daylighting was introduced. I suppose finding a
study specific to a white collar environment would be most helpful...
perhaps the folks at PG&E would be helpful.
This web site has a daylighting bibliography.
At 09:13 AM 1/7/02 -0600, you wrote:
>Seasons Greetings to All:
>I've been asked to evaluate the design of a proposed office building. I
>have little experience with the following subject matter and ask for your
>An engineering company plans to relocate to a vacant lot in an urban area.
>Since this is the first attempt to redevelop the brownfield area, the
>municipality has strongly requested that the building be designed and
>constructed in a 'green' manner. Unfortunately, the 'green' idea has not
>been clearly defined. Through much negotiation, several criteria were
>identified as goals for this new development. Among the criteria is
>natural lighting. The proposed two story office building will use windows
>and a center glass-peaked roof to provide natural lighting. Because the
>company owners and the municipality have agreed to use as much natural
>lighting on the second floor as possible, cubicals have been selected for a
>majority of the office space.
>Approximately 50 employees work for the engineering company. Assignments
>range from proposal and report writing to equipment and system designs for
>manufacturing operations. The current office building has approximately
>90% individual office rooms. Some employees have expressed concerns over
>the proposed layout and have the following questions:
>1. Have studies been conducted which evaluate employee productivity in
>office rooms versus cubical settings? Natural lighting versus fluorescence
>2. Has anyone designed an office building using natural lighting while
>maximizing office space (i.e. office rooms versus cubicals)?
>Any information or reference citations will be greatly appreciated.
>Sigma Environmental Services, Inc.
Kerr, Greiner, Anderson and April, Inc.
47R Englewood Road
Gloucester, MA 01930