Robust design for high workers' performance and low absenteeism

Joe L. Leyten*, Arjen K. Raue, Stanley R. Kurvers

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Rehva Guide No 6 - Indoor Climate and Productivity in Offices - states as its main purpose to establish quantitative relationships of indoor environmental aspects with performance and sickness absenteeism. The following relationships were established: temperature with performance, ventilation with performance, perceived indoor air quality with performance and ventilation with sickness absenteeism. The purpose of this paper is to establish what in practice are, or probably are, the most effective measures to increase performance and decrease absenteeism, given the total of the presently available evidence. We argue that robust measures, like avoidance of indoor air pollution sources, minimizing external and internal heat load, thermal effective building mass, cellular office layout with shallow plan depth, occupant control of temperature, operable windows and providing for adaptive thermal comfort are more effective in increasing performance and reducing absenteeism than less robust measures like diluting indoor air pollution through increased ventilation, controlling temperature through mechanical cooling and open plan workroom layout combined with deep plan depth..

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Windsor Conference 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCounting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
EditorsFergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas, Michael A. Humphreys
PublisherNCEUB 2014
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895709
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201413 Apr 2014


Conference8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Adaptive thermal comfort
  • Building robustness
  • Indoor air quality
  • Sickness absenteeism
  • Workers' performance


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