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4 Ways to Increase Employee Comfort and Productivity

By Sarah Baker on Feb 15, 2019 1:15:43 PM


Every office knows the afternoon slump. Employee eyes glaze over as they find themselves stuck reading the same line of an email. A yawn spreads contagiously around the room. A small crowd gathers around the snack table. If your office had a nap room, you know it would be full.

Maybe it's just fatigue – but it's likely to be something more, especially in an older building. Commercial buildings are notorious for trapping CO2 and VOCs, which can cause lethargy, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and reduced cognitive abilities. In a room full of people, these compounds build up throughout the day, causing the dreaded afternoon slump. Learn how you can use your commercial building to combat them!

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The ROI of IAQ

By Sowmya Ponnada on Jan 9, 2019 1:37:43 AM

There has been a fundamental shift in the design and operations of office buildings over the past decade; from being places that will please investors to spaces that prioritize the needs and desires of their tenants. Recognizing that a healthy, happy workforce is a crucial component of a productive, successful business, companies have been investing in ergonomic, technologically equipped, impressively designed workplaces. But, their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) remains one of the most crucial yet often neglected parameters.

Multiple studies have conclusively tied indoor air quality to employee health, absenteeism, productivity and employee morale and retention. But what is the business value in investing in better IAQ? What does improved IAQ mean to your business’ bottom line? Can you afford to ignore ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and its impact any longer? 

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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Building

By Sarah Baker on Nov 29, 2018 9:07:40 AM

On some days, your employees are coughing and sneezing. On others, they appear to be sluggish and sleepy, experiencing what many have deemed the "2:30 feeling" since the airing of 5-Hour Energy's advertising campaign.

So what can you do about it?

Although a company curfew and extra caffeinated coffee could be the solution for a few, it may not solve the overarching issue. Why? Because many offices suffer from "sick building symptoms," including bad indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact indoor air quality is likely to be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality. Given that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, improving your building’s indoor air quality can significantly affect employee and customer health, comfort and productivity, sometimes increasing cognitive ability by 101%!

So what can you do to improve the indoor air quality in your building?

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How Green Workspaces Create Happier Employees

By Sarah Baker on Sep 20, 2018 1:37:08 PM

We all know it, green workspaces are in. Market demand for green buildings continues to double every three years, and the demand is only going up. In 2019, the green building market is expecting to climb from $43 billion to $69 billion in the US alone.

So why is that?

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Occupant Experience: 3 Reasons Why the Air in Commercial Real Estate Buildings Matters

By John Nye on Jul 6, 2018 2:51:35 PM


Indoor air quality (IAQ) is likely to be 2-5x worse than outdoor  air quality. Since most people spend 90% of their time indoors, the air in your commercial real estate building can significantly affect tenant/customer health, cognitive ability, comfort & productivity!  Better air quality also means employees take 30%  fewer short-term leaves !
 

Thankfully, with the introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT), you can improve the air in your commercial real estate buildings with 75F building automation solutions, all while cutting your HVAC costs by 30-50% and receiving a return on your investment in as little as a year! Match the cut in operational expenses and increase in property value with improved air quality management (and a great occupant experience) and you have a smart building that works for you and your tenants, not the other way around!

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Simple, Low-Cost, Energy Projects: A League of Minnesota Cities Recap

By John Nye on Jun 27, 2018 7:42:06 AM


 

This year was 75F's first trip to the League of Minnesota Cities Conference. And, the City of Saint Cloud and the League of Minnesota Cities did not disappoint! Attendees were excited, exhibitors were at the ready with impressive booth displays, and the decor sent you up north with a cozy, cabin feel. What else could you ask for from a Minnesota-centric conference?!

As the conference began, attendees settled in with a pre-conference workshop and dove right into the juicy (lucy) training all had traveled far and wide to attend. The 75F team began with the City Sustainability Meet-Up in the Alexander Room. 

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