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Impact of Indoor Environment Improvement on Comfort and Productivity in a Chipboard Workplace
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A real example was investigated on the relationship between indoor environment, comfort and productivity in a chipboard workplace location in southern China. In this field study, a subjective evaluation and objective measurement were carried out before and after retrofit of the indoor environment in a chipboard workplace with area about 2707 m2. 160 workers complained of, and often suffered from, labor damage in the workplace. Indoor environmental conditions were found to be very unsatisfactory for safety and health. Several aspects of the workplace environment were improved, including ventilation, temperature, relative humidity and visual conditions. Comfort sense (CS) rates rose from 8.26% to 46.8% and productivity increased about 26% after the chipboard workplace reconstruction. The expense of retrofit of the workplace was minimal compared with the comfort and productivity increases, and the investment callback period is less than two months.
Li, Z.; Li, D.; Du, H.; Zhang, G.; Li, L. (2006). Impact of Indoor Environment Improvement on Comfort and Productivity in a Chipboard Workplace. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from