Tool development and application for vital workspace: a Dutch example of facility management valorisation

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Abstract

Background and aim – The aim of this paper is present how application
of the innovative Indoor Comfort Index (ICI) method reveal the actual
indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the perceived IEQ and its
influence on office workers productivity. Application of this tool in a pre
and post-test after an office refurbishment, will reveal the effectiveness
of this intervention. The development and application of this tool,
emerged from education and research in facility management, led to a
spin-off consultancy firm Vital Workplace.
Methods – Actual measurements of the IEQ conditions, combined with users’ perceptions of the IEQ,
before and after an office refurbishment, reveals the effectiveness of a refurbishment by analysing the
differences between the pre and post-test with multiple statistical analyses.
Results – Regarding the IEQ, the ICI reveals not only the actual performance of an office building, also
if improved conditions contribute to improved comfort of office workers. In addition, the possible
influence of the IEQ on office workers productivity is revealed. This allows facility managers to determine
and improve the alignment of environment quality with workers’ activities and performance.
Originality – The tool combines actual and perceived environmental quality at office buildings.
Practical or social implications – Education and research can be used to create spin-offs in facility
management. The developed tool can be used to diagnose the current state of the office, a basis for
discussion on related improvements, and by doing so, for a cost-benefit analyses of design interventions
at organizations. Showing if design impact on users outweigh the costs of real estate, refurbishment,
and changes in operations.
Type of paper – Research paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion Proceedings of EFMIC 2020
EditorsTuuli Jylhä
PublisherEuroFM: European Facility Management Network
Pages68-76
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-90336-36-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020
EventEuropean Facility Management International Conference (EFMIC) 2020, EuroFM Network, 1 October 2020, online conference - Online
Duration: 1 Oct 20201 Oct 2020
https://eurofm.org/

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Facility Management International Conference (EFMIC) 2020, EuroFM Network, 1 October 2020, online conference
Abbreviated titleEFMIC
Period1/10/201/10/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • workplaces
  • health
  • indoor environment quality
  • offices
  • perceptions
  • performance

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