Learn how productivity was boosted by 18%

November’s Property Technology Live 2018 will explore how ‘human-centric’ lighting at the office of the property company CBRE boosted productivity by 18 per cent.

Additionally, work accuracy improved by 12 per cent, 76 per cent of employees reported feeling happier and half felt healthier.

The findings – by scientists from the Twente University, The Free University Amsterdam – will be seized on by the lighting industry as long-awaited hard evidence that investment in dynamic lighting gives a tangible return.

The time-controlled lighting system features a ‘circadian-friendly’ lighting sequence, which varies the colour temperature and intensity during the course of the day. Employees are stimulated during the morning and early afternoon with high illuminance levels and cool indirect white light. At midday and late afternoon, the light levels fall and become warmer.

The general lighting pendants feature direct light with a colour temperature of 4000K and ulta-cool indirect monochrome light of 6500K. The latter component is distributed across the ceiling during the course of the day via the separately controllable direct and indirect components.

WeWork, the US company which is disrupting the global office market with its playful and dynamic workspaces, has joined the speaker programme at LuxLive 2018 and will share its vision for the future of working interiors.

Star Davis, based at WeWork’s New York headquarters, is an internationally recognised designer. She’ll deliver the keynote on the opening day of Property Technology Live on WeWork’s vision for the future of the office.

Star will look at how the company’s unique blend of design, technology and lighting is creating environments which engage and retain talented employees.

She’ll share WeWork’s insights into humanising the workplace and motivating and exciting millennials and Generation Z with inspiring interiors that drive creativity, focus and connection.

Star Davis will talk on ‘Learning from WeWork’ in the keynote at 10.40am on Wednesday 14 November in the Property Technology Live conference.

Akshay Thakur is the director of the smart building programme for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at JLL.

JLL is rapidly strengthening its smart building services although Thakur prefers the term ‘smarter buildings’, because, as he notes, ‘most buildings already have a level of smart in them’. It’s JLL’s mission to make them even brainier.

‘The definition that we’re using is that a smart building comprises three main aspects. Smart operation is the underlying tenet of any smart building.

‘It’s all about energy management and building efficiencies. The next step in the journey to smarter buildings is smart workplaces.

‘This is for the corporate real estate and the occupiers of the building to understand how their space is actually being used, and getting them to be more data oriented to figure out how they can optimise the spaces and whether they can predict how their spaces will be used.

‘And the final tenet of a smart building is smart experience. It’s all about using technology to increase the productivity, happiness, or just make the life of the user more intuitive inside a building.’

‘For example, building managers will know better whether they should add, subtract or re-assign offices. Meeting rooms will respond to individual employees, with actions as varied as altering the heating or lighting, or automatically placing a call an employee has come to initiate.

‘A myriad of technologies will enable the smart building of tomorrow, including sensors, wireless communications, and Power over Ethernet that runs both electricity and data to luminaires via data cable. Intelligence may or may not reside in the lights’.

Read the full interview on Lux Review

Akshay Thakur speaks at 13:00, Thursday 15 November, on the lunchtime debate “IoT, privacy and data in a GDPR world”.

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