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5.1. Herman Miller International Headquarters, UK VillageGreen, the Herman Miller International Headquarters is a 2200 sq.m. facility housing offices, retail and a data centre in Chippenham, UK. The environmentally friendly new headquarters acquired a ‘GOLD’ rating from LEED. (Herman Miller, 2013) It boasts of a wide variety of intelligent features and was delivered for the same cost as a standard commercial building (Designbuild-Network, 2012). A computerized ventilation system adjusts airflow and no air conditioning is needed. The window has a motorized fanlight opening, which is controlled automatically and adopts a pulsed ventilation strategy. The window opens periodically for a short time to release stale air. An automatic night-cooling strategy operates during the summer months to purge the building of heat built up during the day. The automatic controls monitor the internal conditions through sensors in the floor slabs as well as external conditions such as wind speed & direction, rainfall and solar radiation. (Parker, 2009) Water meters have been installed to monitor water flow and detect leaks to help prevent wastage (Designbuild-Network, 2012). The lighting and small power for the office space on the first floor is metered separately from the showroom on the ground floor due to which the difference in power consumption of the two spaces can be noted. The first floor office space uses sensor controlled lighting strategy, detecting both lighting levels and movement, while the showroom on the ground floor is manually controlled. The first floor lighting consumes around 27,000 kWh per annum, while the showroom consumes 111,300 kWh per annum over a smaller floor area. Gas consumption for space heating and domestic hot water is also well below the good practice benchmark in the Building Regulations. (Parker, 2009; Herman Miller, 2013) To ensure staff safety, the building uses photographic identity cards for out of hour’s access and restricted zones. CCTV cameras cover the car park 24 hours a day. Plasma screens and videoconference equipment is fitted in most rooms, to pick up presentations from the network or to link people with their other offices, all over the world. (Herman Miller, 2008) FileLine, an electronic document management system, helps reduce storage space needed for printed documents and helps staff efficiency (Workplace intelligence, 2012). 5.2. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Headquarters, USA The USGBC office (6850 sq.m.) serves as a living lab and demonstrates through its sophisticated and advanced green building design and technology that intelligent buildings can achieve the highest rating for sustainability on the LEED scale i.e. ‘PLATINUM’. The project used 60% less energy and achieved 40% water savings than a typical code-compliant office. All the energy efficient strategies have resulted in a US$96,000-per-year saving as well as the additional investments needed have a low payback period. But the USGBC believes that the greatest return on investment they have accomplished is from increased staff productivity. (Gonchar, 2009; USGBC, 2009; USGBC,

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