The relationship between levels of energy efficiency and differing forms of commercial office workspace tenure is theoretically affected by the economic principal-agent problems of moral hazard and adverse selection. Tenure involving contracts gross with energy utilities is subject to the moral hazard of overconsumption of energy which results in lower measures of energy efficiency.
This study examines the sources of evidence that influence decision-makers who design or develop office buildings, and aims to explain why some managers engage more in evidence-based practice (EBP) than others. A mixed methods approach is conducted that combines quantitative results from 187 senior managers in the built environment and qualitative data from 18 interviewees.
This project, commissioned by the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), aims to advance an important aspect of the National Energy Productivity Plan: specifically, Item 12, ‘improving energy productivity in government’.
Thirty years of public health research have demonstrated that improved indoor environmental quality is associated with better health outcomes. Recent research has demonstrated an impact of the indoor environment on cognitive function. We recruited 109 participants from 10 high-performing buildings in five U.S. cities.
This study was commissioned by Sustainability Victoria to deliver a greater understanding of the size and impact of lower-grade commercial office buildings across Victoria.
The main goals of this report are:
The ultimate test of the business case for high performance low carbon building is to consider how the human benefits of these buildings could be reliably quantified to prove beyond all doubt the positive Return on Investment (ROI). After all, staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90% of business operating costs.