Saint-Gobain, in partnership with the University of Oregon’s High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE), recently announced the results of its North American Headquarters Occupant Comfort Study. The longitudinal study, reportedly the first of its kind based on size and scale, revealed that a systems-based design approach utilizing multiple solutions and strategies can have a stronger collective impact on a building’s ability to optimize occupant comfort. The findings also point to the need to move away from a traditional prescriptive design model that relies on one building solution to achieve overall multi-comfort and satisfaction.
Conducted in four phases over 36 months, the study analyzed the occupants’ experience pre-, during and post-renovation during the company’s move from its Valley Forge location to its current Malvern headquarters. The study evaluated Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) parameters, including indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal, visual, acoustical and spatial comfort, as well as overall occupant satisfaction, productivity, and health.