i+s eHandbook Bookshelf

Welcome to the i+s eBookshelf, a digital library of the latest guidelines for designing and operating commercial building projects.

These new eHandbooks feature a compilation of practical and reliable information from some of the industry’s most trusted sources and suppliers covering a range of topics and markets (with more to come soon).

Best of all, they’re free of charge!

Book 11: Creating More Sustainable and Resilient Buildings

Sustainability and resilience go hand in hand. Buildings that stand up against extreme weather impacts can also benefit their surroundings by using limited resources responsibly and giving back to the environment.

This eHandbook offers the most up-to-date information available on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your projects, conduct a climate risk analysis, ensure your business resilience and more.

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Book 10: A Comprehensive Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality has always been of vital importance, but never has it demanded more attention from architects, designers, building owners and facility managers than it does today in the wake of a global pandemic.

This eHandbook offers the most up-to-date information available on the subject.

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Book 9: Tile Around the World: Beauty, Sustainability and Performance in the Built Environment

Tile is an ancient building material that has passed the test of time and is as durable and practical as it is beautiful. New technologies and designs have helped this humble product evolve into one of the most versatile and sustainable products on the market.

In this eHandbook, you’ll find the latest information on the trends and technical data on tile that’s being produced around the world.

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Book 8: The Importance of Acoustics in the Built Environment 

Historically, acoustics hasn’t been a high priority in buildings. But the fact is, windows, glass walls, marble floors, skylights, hard and reflective surfaces, and interior elements have the power to change the sound in a room.  

Every design choice impacts acoustic quality, and noise levels in a room can impact health, concentration and productivity—just ask anyone who’s worked in an open office before. 

This eHandbook will help you better understand the fundamentals of how acoustics work in buildings, identify ways to improve acoustics and make the connection between acoustics and wellness clearer.  

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Book 7: Preparing for Re-Entry

As more in-person business is taking place and life is returning to “normal,” it’s a good time to ask ourselves: what did we learn in the process, and how did COVID affect the way we view the things we do in the buildings we inhabit?

This eHandbook attempts to answer those questions and others as a variety of experts share the latest thinking that has emerged from the pandemic as it relates to new paradigms for the workplace, be it hybrid offices or work-from-home spaces. It also explores the ways students learn best and what education spaces might look like in the future, with case studies to illustrate.

It also looks at how touchless technology can keep occupants safer, as well as products and resources to consider new or renovation building projects.

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Book 6: Next Generation Lighting Strategies

Designing great lighting scenarios in the built environment is a complex undertaking. It involves establishing proper light levels, removing glare and setting a mood with a light source that allows people to perceive rich color accurately—all of which help make tasks safer and easier to accomplish. Good lighting delivers on all of these requirements—and it does so while using energy efficiently. 

This eHandbook is a resource for anyone who wants to know more about how to properly light a space.

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Book 5: Redefined & Redesigned: Hospitality Spaces in the COVID Era

In this eHandbook, we take a look at how hotels are being transformed into touchless experiences with more stringent cleaning practices to keep guests safe. It will also explore how meeting and event spaces are changing in light of the pandemic, as well as new uses for guest rooms as temporary office space and the “staycation” trend that may be here to stay.

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Book 4: Wellness: The Future of Building Design, Construction and Operations

Now, more than ever, wellness is taking center stage in the design and construction of commercial buildings. This eHandbook offers tips and strategies from trusted sources for design professionals and building owners alike on this trend that is shaping the future.

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Book 3: Short- and Long-term Strategies for Healthcare Design and Operations

While we understand more about COVID-19 today than at the outset of the pandemic, it will continue to reshape the way medical facilities are designed and operated—both in the short and long term.

This eHandbook includes expert information to help your efforts at finding the best practices for operating and designing healthcare facilities in the COVID-19 era.

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Book 2: Reopening and Re-imagining Educational Facilities Amid COVID-19 eHandbook

How can schools and colleges reopen safely while protecting students’ health and wellbeing?

What might the design of classrooms look like in a post-pandemic world?

This eHandbook explores these questions and more by providing guidelines and tips from some of the most trusted sources to help school administrators prepare their facilities for students’ safe return—whenever that may be.

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Book 1: Strategies for Reopening Offices Post-COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down an unprecedented number of commercial office buildings for months in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many companies, building owners, and facility executives have been wondering when it will be safe to reopen.

More importantly, they’ve also been asking how to reopen their offices safely.

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