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Enhancing the human experience: algorithms to drive individual workplace comfort

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When it comes to workplace comfort, researchers at Purdue University are proving the theory that one size doesn’t fit all.

An ongoing study at the Purdue University Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB), in partnership with JLL, is looking at the effect of customizable indoor environment conditions on employee productivity and satisfaction and building energy consumption. The goal of the two-year project, “Development of self-tuned indoor environments,” is to use measures of individual preferences to come up with smart building technology solutions.

“Essentially we are developing algorithms that can learn occupant preferences accurately and efficiently,” said Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Panagiota Karava, one of the researchers on the project.

Founded in 2013, the CHPB has quickly emerged as a leader in the smart building innovation space. Supported by partnerships with industry leaders, the CHPB takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its research projects, by bringing in experts in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, as well as specialists in psychology and human behavior.

JLL has partnered with the CHPB on 13 research projects, including this one. The study is collecting data from over 200 participants in private and open-plan offices in an on-campus building that is a living laboratory. Each private office is equipped with dimmable electric lights, motorized shades and a Variable Air Volume system. In one sub-study, sensors measured temperature, light levels and occupant actions as participants were asked to engage in a regular 8-hour workday and interact with the customizable control systems from their desks. … Read More

The bottom line of green building practices

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Understanding the true value of green building practices – from employee satisfaction to environmental performance – has long been a real estate holy grail. Two new studies bring us closer than ever to seeing its value across the real estate spectrum.

A U.S. Department of Energy study, Utilizing Commercial Real Estate Owner and Investor Data to Analyze the Financial Performance of Energy Efficient, High- Performance Office Buildings, tries to get an understanding of how sustainable design impacts value by correlating energy efficiency and financial performance. The dataset includes 131 properties throughout the U.S. with an aggregate area of 25 million square feet. The regression analysis shows that green properties experience a 28.8 percent increase in Net Operating Income per square foot, and a 17.6 percent reduction in operating expenses per square foot when compared to non-green properties.

The recent Continental Automated Buildings Association study, Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems, takes a different approach. … Read More

Are Open Offices the Answer?

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The workplace environment is one of the two top factors driving employee satisfaction (the other is corporate culture).

As more companies rush into the “open landscape” approach to workplace design, it is a good idea to step back and consider the pros and cons.

Open-Office Pros OpenOfficePlan

  • Build a sense of community
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Spur impromptu communication
  • Break down physical hierarchies
  • Provide flexibility
  • Reduce space costs

Open-Office Cons 

  • Produce noise distraction
  • Increase interruptions
  • Create a lack of
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Could Less Light be Better?

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We still light up our workplaces as if we lived 50 years ago.

Older lighting systems, designed for paper-based reading tasks, were typically in the 750-1000 lux range. In fact, it was commonly believed that more light is always better.

Guess what?

It’s not the 1960s anymore. People are reading on things called computers, iPhones and iPads.  Over-illumination, particularly… Read More

Is There More ‘Green’ in Green?

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We have been so focused on cost savings from sustainable real estate ideas, such as energy conservation, that we have been missing an idea with much bigger dollar potential.

While more daylight, better air quality and temperature control can make the workplace “greener,” there is another far more important financial impact on a company’s bottom-line. Many of… Read More