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A GLOBAL BUILDINGS COHORT

Building on the first two COGfx studies, COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings aims to create the first-ever cohort of green buildings for a comprehensive, multi-year study of the specific factors in a built environment that influence human health and productivity. Harvard University researchers from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health invite buildings from all over the world to be a part of this ground breaking research. The study team will provide office workers in these buildings who sign up for the study:

  • A sensor to track the indoor environmental conditions at their desk
  • A wearable device to track sleep and physical activity

These devices will integrate with the new ForHealth app, allowing study participants to complete surveys and cognitive tests.

  • By extending the study to all buildings, everywhere, the Harvard research team hopes to understand how the indoor environment affects office workers around the world.
  • With a large, diverse sample of buildings and people followed over time, the team will investigate both individual-level and building-level effects.
  • Changes in building performance will be tracked over time and compared to occupants’ health and productivity.

Want to learn more or get involved? Visit the website for Harvard’s COGfx Study webpage: www.ForHealth.org/globalcogfxstudy/.

Primary support for the study came from United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) and its UTC Climate, Controls & Security business.