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Developing a focus for green building occupant training materials

Steinberg, D and Patchan, M and Schunn, C and Landis, A (2009) Developing a focus for green building occupant training materials. Journal of Green Building, 4 (2). 175 - 184. ISSN 1552-6100

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With the shift from conventional to green buildings a need emerges to train staff on how to work within them. Building occupants control many of the green building technologies, which makes it necessary to educate occupants on the differences between using a green building versus a conventional building in order to secure the green building's success. The breadth of information that is necessary for an occupant to know in order to change their behaviors to be in accord with the high performing building they occupy makes it necessary to use a systematic method to reduce the information provided in trainings. This study employs a decision matrix approach as an objective means to narrow the focus of the training. A case study is used to implement the methods developed in this study. A focus group evaluated the effectiveness of the decision matrix. Results from the focus group showed that staff was active in waste reduction behaviors, but not in energy efficient actions. This supported the outcome of the decision matrix in finding relevant, necessary information for the training.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Steinberg, D
Patchan, M
Schunn, Cschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Landis, Aael30@pitt.eduAEL30
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Green Building
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Page Range: 175 - 184
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3992/jgb.4.2.175
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1552-6100
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 19:09
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:56


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