The buildings where we spend a majority of our time can impact our health, wellness, comfort and performance in numerous ways. Workspace factors that can impact occupants negatively or positively include air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and daylighting, ergonomics, acoustics and access to exercise, healthy food and clean water. The Office of High-Performance Buildings investigates and promotes innovative strategies to ensure that federal workplaces provide increasingly healthy environments for employees and visitors.

The following resources provide more information.

Resource Description
SF Tool: Buildings and Health Module A broad look at issues related to how buildings can impact occupant health, as well as practices and technologies to improve those impacts.
Health and Wellness Guidance Crosswalk A guide to relevant standards, guidelines, and building rating systems to meet federal healthy building goals.
SFTool: Health Case Studies Examples and checklists for enhancing the healthy features of buildings.
Circadian-Effective Light in Buildings (Webinar) A recorded webinar discussing GSA’s circadian-effective lighting research in depth.
Circadian Light For Your Health A guide to GSA’s research on circadian light at Federal buildings and its impact on occupants, with case studies for four buildings.
SFTool: Indoor Environmental Quality A comprehensive guide to IEQ topics with links to many resources for more information.
SFTool: IEQ System Overview A systems-level look at IEQ issues in buildings, including behavioral, financial, operational and regulatory components, case studies and links to additional resources.
A Case for Circadian Lighting in Federal Buildings An introduction to the concept of circadian-effective lighting in buildings and GSA research on the topic.
PBS: Health and Wellness What GSA’s Public Buildings Service is doing to make federal buildings healthier environments, including employing the Fitwel system and promoting the use of stairways, farmer’s markets, and lactation rooms.

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Last Reviewed: 2019-10-21