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Relationships between technical building performance characteristics and human responses, such as productivity, absenteeism and health, have been confirmed. Based on a review of more than 1,500 studies, the Center for Building Performance at Carnegie Mellon University confirmed that indoor environmental qualities including lighting, ventilation and thermal comfort significantly impact employee productivity and student performance. When critical building system performance declines or deteriorates, personal contributions suffer as well.
A well-maintained indoor environment positively impacts the overall productivity of employees and can increase student test scores and patient outcomes.
Whether an organization is striving to raise student test scores, reduce safety mishaps, improve attendance or increase employee productivity, it pays to invest in occupant comfort. Specific metrics and benefits are unique to each organization and its mission. Nevertheless, in most cases, raising operations to high performance standards results in multiple benefits spanning several categories, and it can even mitigate occupancy code violations.
Breakdowns can be devastating to some organizations. At the very least, they are a nuisance and a public relations challenge.
Predictive maintenance saves 12–18 percent compared to a run-to-fail approach, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In addition, the FEMP O&M Guide (August 2010) states that regular maintenance: