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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Shaun
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-27T16:29:19Z
dc.date.created2019-11
dc.date.issued2020-05-06
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.citationTaylor, Shaun. 2019. Incorporating Productivity Improvements Into Cost-Benefit Analyses of Lighting Features in the WELL Building Standard Version 2. Master's thesis, Harvard Extension School.
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37364567*
dc.description.abstractWorkplace lighting has a significant impact on workers’ health, cognitive function and productivity at the office and at home. Lighting can either cost or save a business millions of dollars based on how it impacts worker performance. This thesis analyzes how various lighting conditions impact office workers, as part of an effort to develop a more accurate cost/benefit analysis for implementing each of the lighting features of the WELL Building Standard version 2 (WBSv2). The WBSv2 requires lighting and building design features that frequently exceed current standard building practices, leading to higher up-front capital expenditures. This study examines existing scientific literature to determine whether there is evidence indicating that lighting conditions prescribed in the WBSv2 are likely to lead to productivity improvements that will benefit employers. To determine realistic costs and benefits of implementing each feature, an existing office space was selected to serve as a model. If the model office did not automatically meet the requirements to earn a lighting feature, an analysis was performed to determine the costs necessary to achieve it. A variety of analyses were conducted on the model office space including computer simulations and in-person measurements. The analysis found compelling research indicating all but one of the eight lighting features are likely to pay for themselves as a result of increased productivity. The model office space automatically achieved 10 out of 14 points. To achieve the remaining available points would cost $303,133.00 dollars and these improvements would likely lead to an economic benefit of $1,146,222.78 per year due to increased worker productivity.
dc.description.sponsorshipSustainability
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dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectWELL Building Standard
dc.subjectLighting
dc.subjectProductivity
dc.subjectWellness
dc.subjectWell-being
dc.subjectSustainability
dc.subjectWorker Performance
dc.subjectCircadian Lighting
dc.subjectWindows
dc.subjectViews
dc.subjectLEED
dc.subjectLighting Design
dc.subjectDaylight
dc.subjectCCT
dc.subjectColor Temperature
dc.subjectVisualAcuity
dc.subjectFoot-candle
dc.subjectLux
dc.subjectLumen
dc.titleIncorporating Productivity Improvements Into Cost-Benefit Analyses of Lighting Features in the WELL Building Standard Version 2
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorTaylor, Shaun
dc.date.available2020-08-27T16:29:19Z
thesis.degree.date2019
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Extension School
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Extension School
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameALM
thesis.degree.nameALM
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLeighton, Mark
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSpeck, Erin
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentSustainability
thesis.degree.departmentSustainability
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dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-4548-5374
dash.author.emailshaunhtaylor1@gmail.com


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