Office Buildings

Health, Safety and Environment

  • Pranab Kumar Nag

Part of the Design Science and Innovation book series (DSI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Office and Office Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-27
  3. Building and Office Work-Related Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 105-126
  4. Office Ergonomics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 129-148
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      Pages 149-181
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      Pages 183-214
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      Pages 215-239
  5. Building Bioclimate—Indoor Environment Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 243-278
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      Pages 279-310
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  6. Building Energy Systems—Standards and Codes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 371-404
  7. Green Office Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 435-475
    3. Pranab Kumar Nag
      Pages 477-505
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 507-533

About this book


This book brings together concepts from the building, environmental, behavioural and health sciences to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of office and workplace design. Today, with changes in the world of work and the relentless surge in technology, offices have emerged as the repositories of organizational symbolism, denoted by the spatial design of offices, physical settings and the built environment (architecture, urban locale). Drawing on Euclidian geometry that quantifies space as the distance between two or more points, a body of knowledge on office buildings, the concept of office and office space, and the interrelationships of spatial and behavioural attributes in office design are elucidated. Building and office work-related illnesses, namely sick building syndrome and ailments arising from the indoor environment, and the menace of musculoskeletal disorders are the alarming manifestations that critically affect employee satisfaction, morale and work outcomes. With a focus on office ergonomics, the book brings the discussion on the fundamentals of work design, with emphasis on computer workstation users. Strategic guidance of lighting systems and visual performance in workplaces are directed for better application of ergonomics and improvement in office indoor environment. It discusses the profiles of bioclimatic, indoor air quality, ventilation intervention, lighting and acoustic characteristics in office buildings. Emphasis has been given to the energy performance of buildings, and contemporary perspectives of building sustainability, such as green office building assessment schemes, and national and international building-related standards and codes. Intended for students and professionals from ergonomics, architecture, interior design, as well as construction engineers, health care professionals, and office planners, the book brings a unified overview of the health, safety and environment issues associated with the design of office buildings.


Worker Health Building Ergonomics Safety in the Workplace Design of Office Spaces Building Construction Occupational Health and Safety

Authors and affiliations

  • Pranab Kumar Nag
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environment and Disaster ManagementRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda UniversityKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2576-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2577-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-5986
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-5994
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