[Bldg-sim] productivity of office workers as function of temperature and co2 concentration

Nick Caton ncaton at smithboucher.com
Mon Jun 11 10:20:19 PDT 2012

This sounds like the beginnings of a an elaborate/scientific office prank with the boss's thermostat... =)

In all seriousness, I believe the effect of ambient temperatures are pretty established.  Here's a brief article in layman's terms and a pretty graph:

Here's a research paper cited in the previous link with more info:

I'm not certain whether there is anything in the realm of IEQ/CO2 monitoring that establishes a clear causal effect on task productivity similar to the above.

Here's a paper that attempts to connect the dots between ventilation rates (2 levels) and annual sick-leave accrual for office workers:  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=milton%20risk%20of%20sick%20leave%20associated%20with%20outdoor%20air%20supply%20rate%2C%20humidification%2C%20and%20occupant%20complaints&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CFoQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.e-co.uk.com%2FRecirc-Milton2000.pdf&ei=xCbRT5ujBeWL2AXWw4WxDw&usg=AFQjCNFBvi_nWYBGbwn_f6NV3hxRHn7MtA

The "dollars lost"  economical argument extrapolated in the conclusions looks dramatic, but even if we accept CO2 concentrations are tied directly to sick leave hours...  that's not quite the same thing as a direct productivity effect (i.e. my co-worker breathing heavily is preventing me from doing my work).

If you were to combine the above studies into a single model I suppose you reasonably establish a linear CO2-concentration-factor curve to apply against an ambient temperature curve to come up with a combined productivity effect.  I might sooner look further for something akin to the temperature study however.


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Subject: [Bldg-sim] productivity of office workers as function of temperature and co2 concentration

Hey all

Can you point me towards a model which describes the office worker productivity as a function of temperature AND co2 concentration?

Many thanks in advance!


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