Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221724
Title: INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, OCCUPANTS' PERCEPTION, PREVALENCE OF SBS SYMPTOMS AND SICK LEAVE IN A GREEN MARK PLATINUM VERSUS A NON-GREEN MARK RATED BUILDING
Authors: TAN YAN FEN
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
2012/2013 PFM
Tham Kwok Wai
Sick Building Syndrome
SBS
Issue Date: 21-Dec-2012
Citation: TAN YAN FEN (2012-12-21). INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, OCCUPANTS' PERCEPTION, PREVALENCE OF SBS SYMPTOMS AND SICK LEAVE IN A GREEN MARK PLATINUM VERSUS A NON-GREEN MARK RATED BUILDING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Scheme (GMS) in Singapore encourages better Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) for healthier workplace for occupants. However, studies have shown that green buildings do not necessary ensure better IEQ. Hence, the objectives of this dissertation are: (1) evaluate IEQ of a Green Mark certified building and a non-Green Mark certified building, (2) assess occupants’ perceptions, occurrence of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms and determine if occupants in Green Mark certified building took lesser sick leave as compared to a non-Green Mark certified building, and (3) examine the energy saving features in both buildings to ascertain if they have an impact on IEQ. The research hypotheses are (1) a Green Mark certified building produces better IEQ than a non-Green Mark certified building, (2) occupants working in a Green Mark certified building will experience higher IEQ satisfaction and lesser prevalence of SBS symptoms as compared to users in a non-Green Mark building, (3) occupants in a Green Mark building take lesser sick leave as compared to a non-Green Mark building. Objective measurements and subjective measurements were carried out. Information regarding the offices and absenteeism of staff were collected as well. There is insufficient evidence to conclude that a Green mark certified building produces better IEQ than a non-Green Mark certified building. Findings from subjective measurements suggested that there are significant difference in occupants’ perception in temperature, air quality, monitor/keyboard comfort and ergonomics. However, there is no statistically significant association between the SBS symptoms and the offices. Furthermore, analysis of the sick leave records have failed to show that occupants in Green Mark Platinum certified building took lesser sick leave days as compared to a non-Green Mark building. Limitation of this study include that these results cannot be extended to all the commercial buildings in Singapore as objective measurements were taken when most of the employees in the green building were out-stationed and also, employees in the green building may not have adapted to the new environment.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221724
Appears in Collections:Bachelor's Theses

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
Tan Yan Fen 2012-2013.pdf2.35 MBAdobe PDF

RESTRICTED

NoneLog In

Page view(s)

7
checked on Nov 17, 2022

Download(s)

4
checked on Nov 17, 2022

Google ScholarTM

Check


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.