Photo credit: Eckert & Eckert Photography
Since two of the project's primary walls are all glass, ambient daylight floods the retail space. Ceilings in the main retail space are extra tall, giving the space a sense of grandeur.
Carbon dioxide sensor monitor indoor air quality and control ventilation as necessary. The janitor’s closet and laundry room are isolated from adjoining spaces by virtue of their constant negative air pressure.
All ductwork and mechanical equipment was sealed off during construction and not used following completion until the space had been cleaned of dust and fumes. Indoor air quality measures included a two-week, 100% fresh-air flush of the building. MERV-13 filters were used for the main retail mechanical equipment, and MERV 11 filters were used for the split mechanical systems serving the back-of-house spaces. All filters were replaced after the fresh-air purge.
Visual Comfort and The Building Envelope
- Use large exterior windows and high ceilings to increase daylighting
Visual Comfort and Interior Design
- Design open floor plans to allow exterior daylight to penetrate to the interior
Visual Comfort and Light Sources
- Use electronic ballasts with fluorescent lighting
- Provide illumination sensors
Direct Exhaust from High-source Locations
- Provide local exhaust ventilation for rooms with high-emitting sources
Identification of Indoor Pollutants
- Procure green-label-certified carpet
Maintenance for IEQ
- Design for easy access to HVAC components
- Specify use of only nontoxic cleaning products
- Design isolated storage closet for cleaning and maintenance products
Facility Policies for IEQ
- Recommend a non-smoking policy for the building
- Visual Comfort and The Building Envelope