Quarter 1 of the WLP+ project finished at the end of April 2016. During the first 3 months Oxford Brookes University completed an interim report reviewing the literature covering productivity and indoor environmental quality. Outcomes from this work informed the specification for recording data from the WLP+ trial buildings, with the development of the specification taking place during Q2. Other developments in Q1 included the launch of the WLP+ website and presenting at the FMP Event.
Quarter 2 of the project finished at the end of July 2016. Trial buildings have been provisionally identified and a scoping framework devised to assess suitability for the research. Specifications for measurement are now complete and include technical, business and user data.
Two trial sites have been formally selected and reviews conducted to understand what is possible with the existing M&E installations. The two sites vary considerably in both location and design, although both are large open plan office spaces housing more than 100 staff in each area. Sensoring requirements have been identified and appropriate solutions are being sourced.
Testing is underway in both case study sites. Early data on indoor environmental quality shows some interesting results, and information is now being collected from the building users on their views of the working environment. In total more than 500 people are accommodated within the trial areas.