Comfort & Productivity

Chartwell School puts students first with an emphasis on natural daylighting and other passive comfort strategies.

Photo: Michael David Rose


The days of the windowless box are over!

Why? Because investing in the humans who live, work, play, and heal in our buildings is one of the most cost-effective green design strategies there is. It’s also just common sense: buildings aren’t here for their own sake; they’re here for us.

These resources look at rigorous scientific data on the value of comfort. They also present strategies for focusing on the human element of design and construction—without ever forgetting the importance of conserving water and energy.

  • Greenguard Mold Protection Program Takes Off

    News Brief

  • Patagonia Grows into a New Building

    News Brief

    Ten years after EBN's initial case study of the Patagonia distribution center in Reno, Nevada, the company has completed a substantial addition, learning from and improving on the first building.

  • National Center for Healthy Housing Rates Green Building Systems

    News Analysis

    The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) has announced results of its evaluation of major national green building and indoor air quality standards.

  • Sustainable Projects Increase Firm Profits

    News Analysis

    Despite widespread beliefs to the contrary, sustainable building projects are more profitable than conventional projects-according to one internal study by HOK.

  • Two Books on Mold and Indoor Air

    News Brief

    Two new books, "Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold," by Nicholas P. Money, and "My Office is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide," by Jeffrey C. May, offer a critical understanding of a range of issues relating to mold and indoor air quality in general.