And the (first) results are in……
Data collection from the WLP+ trial sites is now underway, and while there is still a long way to go, it doesn’t take long to start getting feedback on how a building is performing. This Innovate UK and EPSRC supported project is committed to real-world research of operational buildings, which makes this a challenging project, but one that has direct relevance to anyone operating office space. The aim is to understand the relationship between indoor environmental quality and productivity, and to ensure the research is reliable the baseline and intervention period will take almost a year. However, it will be interesting to see if data on the indoor environmental quality gathered in the first few weeks turns out to be representative of the longer term trends.
Short baseline periods will be particularly important when looking to apply to research to the wider industry, as shorter assessment periods make any intervention quicker and more efficient to deliver. The other practical learning already emerging is the challenges around data collection methods, technological limitations, and access to data. All of which are critical to understanding how a building is impacting on staff.
From the case study buildings, and others we have visited over the last twelve months it is clear that most workplaces have huge potential to improve their in-use performance, through a better understanding of user needs and optimising the way the buildings are run. As the project progresses we will be providing more updates, but in the meantime if you want to find out more about how to optimise your buildings visit the Contact Us page for more information.