SUBJECTS

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Lighting

Fact: light has a positive influence on health and well-being due to a higher level of lighting. Parameters: healthy daylight, adjustable artificial lighting and a view.

46 minutes more sleep every night as a result of a work place with sufficient daylight.

Good lighting is crucial for user satisfaction. Our understanding of the influence of lighting on health and well-being is continually growing. It is difficult to differentiate between the benefits of daylight and the benefits of an interesting view. Various studies in the past decade have tried to determine the productivity gain as a result of the vicinity of windows. Experts currently think that a view is probably the main factor, particularly a view that offers a link to nature. Please find set out below a detailed report on the consequences of an insufficiently performing building in terms of lighting.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.

Minutes more sleep every night


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Fact: bad acoustics are a major disruptive factor in office environments.

Parameters: speech intelligibility, control of the exterior and interior noise level and limitation of resonance.

24 work days per year is the loss per employee as a result of bad acoustics.

 

A productive work environment provides a good balance of privacy and communication, which is why it is important to determine the right acoustics that suits the people, the activity and the space.

Bad acoustics is the biggest disruptive factor within office environments and research has shown that this provides the strongest link with production loss. In addition to production loss, unfavourable acoustics can lead to sick leave, the generation of stress hormones, reduced job satisfaction and mutual irritations. Noise disruptions reduce the performance capacity, even after this noise has stopped.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.

Lost working days per year per employee


 

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Fact: the influence of thermal physical comfort (comfort level) of people is very important.

Parameters: air temperature, radiation temperature, humidity, airspeed, clothing and activity level.

The productivity is optimal between 20⁰C and 25⁰C.

 

Thermal comfort forms an important part of the interior climate. Many studies have shown that the perception of thermal comfort has a great impact on the satisfaction with the workplace and productivity. The main conclusion is that a significant productivity impulse can be achieved by preventing uncomfortably high or uncomfortably low temperatures.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.


 

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Office Environment

Fact: the office environment affects the concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity.

Parameters: furniture, work place typologies and personalisation.

Diversity in workplace typologies promotes productivity.

 

Research has shown that the office environment can influence concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity. This directly affects the health, the mental well-being and cognitive performance of employees. If you pay attention to the so-called ‘soft factors’ and research the effects of office design, this can provide an important contribution to urgent social and economic issues, i.e. the high healthcare costs for lifestyle related diseases, the increased prevalence of psychological diseases and the low enthusiasm and solidarity of the employees in respect of their job and employer.

A work environment that offers optimum conditions for the employees to maintain healthy lifestyle habits, the ability to perform tasks without unnecessary stress and the development of an internal sense of belonging can reduce the amount of sick leave, increase productivity and eventually result in higher operating efficiency.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.


 

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Quality of air

Fact: a good quality of air has direct health effects as well as psychological effects.

Parameters: the controlled influx of fresh air from outside, the replacement of contaminated air and the reduction of air pollution.

Up to 10% productivity loss in the event of a bad quality of air.

Dirty air can hardly be perceived with the naked eye. However, air quality greatly affects the well-being and productivity of employees and can even lead to airway diseases and other diseases. This is mainly caused by bad ventilation and the evaporation of volatile organic substances (VOC emissions) from for example furniture and floors, cleaning agents and building materials.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.

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Productivity loss in the event of bad quality of air


 

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Individual Control

Fact: people want to have the feeling that they can control their work situation.

Parameters: ability to regulate temperature, ability to open windows, management of light level, flexible furniture etc.

Control on the internal climate and personalisation of the work environment give employees a sense of empowerment and autonomy.

There are strong scientific indications for a positive influence of personal control on productivity, motivation, and group cohesion and job satisfaction.

Source: “Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren” (Health, Well-being & Productivity in Offices) of the Dutch Green Building Council.

 

What & for whom

How does your building perform? That is what the Comfortmeter documents for you: the performance of your building(s) in respect of the most important technological criterion of success through the eyes of the daily user.

 

Why

A number of scientific studies have clearly shown that the performance capacity, job satisfaction, job enjoyment and health are directly affected by the comfort offered by the work environment. The physical well-being of employees directly impacts their productivity.

 

How

People are the best measuring instruments.

The Comfortmeter measures the performance of your building through its daily users. These are the people who will determine whether your client is ultimately satisfied. This will provide first-hand information.

 

About us

The Comfortmeter is the result of a collaboration between international authorities involved in efficient, sustainable and performance oriented office buildings such as Factor4 and six renowned European universities, including KU Leuven and TU Braunschweig