Windows, view and office characteristics predict physical and psychological discomfort

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2009.12.004
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume30
Issue4
Pages533541; # of pages: 9
Subjectwindows, veiw, well-being, health, social density, comfort, discomfort, offices; Lighting and health
AbstractPhysical conditions in offices influence employees' well-being and indirectly influence their employers? business performance. We used path analysis of field study data from the Netherlands to further explore the relationship between personal, building, and environmental conditions and physical and psychological discomfort, sleep quality, and environmental utility. Window views of nature, and views that were independently rated as being more attractive, reduced occupants' discomfort. However, being close to a window and rating the lighting as being of lower quality was associated with thermal and glare problems (reduced environmental utility). Reduced discomfort at work was associated with improved sleep quality, indicating that physical conditions at work can influence home life.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number53960
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NPARC number20330236
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