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      DETERMINING ADEQUATE INFORMATION FOR GREEN BUILDING OCCUPANT TRAINING MATERIALS

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          As knowledge of the built environment’s impact on resource and energy use increases, industry leaders are moving toward a healthier, more sustainable solution by building green. Though green buildings have the ability to improve occupant health and productivity, it is not clear what impact the behaviors of building occupants have on the building. New systems and technologies in green buildings require building occupants to think and operate differently in their new green environment, otherwise risking not fully gaining the benefits of the new facility. The new behaviors necessary to the success of the green building are not necessarily obvious or trivial. They cannot simply be learned “on-the-job;” rather the transformation will require formal education. It likely requires changing attitudes and beliefs in addition to building a robust understanding of new procedures. This study sought to determine the amount of information necessary to change occupants’ willingness to use new energy-efficient behaviors not followed in the conventional building. An empirical test comparing four versions of the same training, each with varying amounts and types of information was presented to three different populations: nursing staff of a green building, clinical staff of a green building, and nursing staff of a conventional building. Results show that knowledge of green building standards and the impact of energy saving behaviors are the information necessary to increase willingness to change behaviors. Also, staff members of the new, green building are more willing to change behaviors than staff of the conventional building.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Summer 2009
                : 4
                : 3
                : 143-150
                Author notes

                1Corresponding author. Graduate Student, MLA, Chatham University, dsteinberg10@ 123456gmail.com .

                2PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, mmnelson@ 123456pitt.edu .

                3Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, schunn@ 123456pitt.edu .

                4Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, ael30@ 123456pitt.edu .

                Article
                jgb.4.3.143
                10.3992/jgb.4.3.143
                5041c55a-64be-4822-a92e-4d9ee27fdd34
                ©2009 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 8
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                RESEARCH ARTICLES

                Urban design & Planning,Civil engineering,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Architecture,Environmental engineering
                occupant behavior,workplace training,green building,sustainable behavior,LEED

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