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 Newsletter for January 2017


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The Connection Between Productivity, Wellness and Building Efficiency


Parallel 49 Restaurant


Colin Blake


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BC Comfort is actively working with Climate Smart to reduce
carbon emissions.

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In this month's newsletter, we share some insights on the connection between wellness, productivity and building efficiency, along with some common signs you may need to replace your air conditioning system. 

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We encourage you to visit our blog and LinkedIn Page for more information on improving energy efficiency along with some of our insights on Sustainable Design and Mechanical Systems. 

If you would like advice for your next building project or to learn more about how we can help you to save energy, please contact us today.

The Connection Between Productivity, Wellness and Building Efficiency

While an optimal, energy efficient heating and cooling system can save money on energy costs, what we might not realise are some of the other important benefits to having an efficient building. Studies have now shown that factors which contribute to an efficient building can actually have a significant impact on both wellness and productivity.

A major report put together by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global body responsible for energy analysis, finds the total benefits from energy efficiency upgrades equals — and often exceeds — the energy savings.

The report’s core findings on buildings included this important discovery for the building industry:

Energy efficiency retrofits in buildings create conditions that support improved occupant health and well-being, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses.

The potential benefits include improved physical health such as reduced symptoms of respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, rheumatism, arthritis and allergies, as well as fewer injuries. 

Several studies that quantified total outcomes found benefit-cost ratios as high as 4:1 when health and well-being impacts were included, with health benefits representing up to 75% of overall benefits. Improved mental health (reduced chronic stress and depression) has, in some cases, been seen to represent as much as half of total health benefits.*


Additional Savings Beyond Energy 

When owners calculate savings for energy efficient systems, they rarely account for productivity increases, and this isn't surprising as these figures can be difficult to determine. The IAE report now indicates that, the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency upgrades can be up to three times the size of the energy savings.

This study finds that when the value of productivity and operational benefits of industrial efficiency measures were factored into “traditional internal rate of return calculations, the payback period for energy efficiency measures dropped from 4.2 to 1.9 years.” Payback time was cut in half.


The Connection Between Productivity and Comfort

We can now see that comfort itself plays a key role in productivity. Factors such as indoor air quality, humidity, temperature, acoustics, and even lighting all affect our level of comfort. Studies now demonstrate that substantial productivity gains can accrue from comprehensive energy efficiency improvements as well as individual efficiency components.  

A meta-analysis of studies of temperature and productivity found that performance increases with temperature up to 21-22°C and that performance decreases with temperature above 23-24°C. At 30°C, performance is only 91.1 percent of the maximum. This indicates that energy efficiency improvements that also help maintain indoor temperatures in the optimum range may result in significant productivity gains.^

Better light and more natural light can improve office worker productivity, improve health and well-being in medical facilities and improve school achievement. The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon identified 12 studies linking improved lighting design decisions with 0.7 – to 23 percent gains in individual productivity.^

Indoor air quality and humidity are also major factors and these are directly related to a properly designed HVAC system.


While comfort and energy savings are important goals for any commercial space, it's especially important when considering the impacts on occupants. 

If you would like more information about achieving optimal building design or how your building can benefit from both productivity and energy savings, contact our Design team today.

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Upcoming Events
We invite you to join us at the upcoming BUILDEX Conference in Vancouver. Henry Leung from our Design team will be sharing more insights on 5 Mechanical Mega Trends in 2017. To learn more about BC Comfort's presentation and the event schedule, click here


Feature Staff

BC Comfort is pleased to advise that Colin Blake has returned to BC Comfort as a service technician.

Colin has broadened his skill set in the industry and will use these enhanced skills to support all of our service customers. Colin is a licensed refrigeration mechanic and also holds his A gas ticket.


Feature Project

BC Comfort is proud to be involved in the design of the new Parallel 49 restaurant project.  Located at the Parallel 49 Brewery, the new restaurant replaces their existing tasting room area and expands it with a full commercial kitchen, seating area, and retail area.  

The kitchen has been designed to meet NFPA 96 Kitchen Ventilation and also Metro Vancouver grease interceptor standards.





Industry Insights 

As the landscape for the Green Building industry continues to grow and evolve, we thought it would be insightful to share some interesting ideas for green building materials. This month, we are looking at alternatives to traditional concrete. 


This article shares 11 green building materials that are said to be 'better than concrete'. Click here to read the article. 




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