Saint-Gobain headquarters, 20 Moores Road, Malvern, PA, during 2015 building dedication Saint-Gobain headquarters, 20 Moores Road, Malvern, PA, during 2015 building dedication

MALVERN, PA—The selection of building materials, systems, and environmental factors have a significant effect on building occupant comfort, building products company Saint-Gobain has found, in a groundbreaking study with the University of Oregon.

The study, conducted over 36 months since the firm relocated from its former Valley Forge location to its current headquarters in Malvern, PA, used the headquarters as a “living laboratory” to evaluate employee productivity, satisfaction and well-being.

Watch an exclusive video news report about the Saint-Gobain headquarters environment and office comfort study in the player below. If you don’t see a player below, click here to watch the video.

Among the key study findings, Saint-Gobain reported that 40% of employees reported feeling more productive, 53% said their perception of their health and well-being improved; complaints about “Sick Building Syndrome” symptoms, such as dry eyes, difficulty concentrating and back pain, decreased by 28.6%; and the company’s call center recorded a 140% increase in productivity.

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Steve Lubetkin

Steve Lubetkin is the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for He is currently filling in covering Chicago and Midwest markets until a new permanent editor is named. He previously filled in covering Atlanta. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. His audio and video work for has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at [email protected].

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