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- Allows you to set heating, cooling, height and lighting to meet each individual’s preferences;
- Conserves energy while also improving employee satisfaction, health and comfort;
- Employees often feel the interior climate is unpleasant, which leads to complaints about comfort, reduced productivity and ‘sick building’ concerns.
Too cold in the office, or much too hot? Is the lighting too bright, or maybe too dim? For many employees, these concerns are familiar ones. Which is why Ahrend, designer of inspiring working environments, will be presenting its revolutionary Comfort Work Station at the Vakbeurs Facilitair 2017 in Utrecht from 25 to 27 January. The Comfort Work Station allows office employees to manage the temperature, cooling, work-surface height and biodynamic lighting, tailoring them to their personal preferences.
This revolutionary work station will increase the comfort and satisfaction of the user by means of a digital passport, on which each user can record the individual settings he or she prefers. The system is expected to have a positive effect on productivity, as well as reducing absences due to illness. It will result in considerable energy savings as well: up to a 24% reduction in energy for heating and a 45% reduction for cooling. These savings are due to the fact that – unlike with conventional climate installations – only those work stations that are in use will be climate-controlled. What makes this innovation truly unique is that all of these elements are fully integrated into the work station itself.
The pilot phase of the project known as TKI ImPeKt (ImPeKt: Implementation of Personal Climate) is scheduled to begin this March. In this project, Ahrend will be collaborating with Abel Delft, Trilux, TNO, TU Delft, ING and Sodexo to develop and test a prototype for a personal climate-control system. The ImPeKt project will be conducted using a ‘Top sector’ fiscal energy allowance from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Peter Veer, Ahrend Group General Manager: ‘We will continue to innovate in order to make the working environments of office users even more pleasant. This project represents a subsequent – and major – step in the ability to personalise one’s work station. Our goal is to make every individual’s working environment as healthy and comfortable as possible.’
Research conducted by TNO shows that 24% of employees in the Netherlands view the interior climate in their workplace as ‘unpleasant’, while 32% feel that the temperature is difficult to regulate. In addition, more and more offices these days feature large open-plan work floors, meaning users are unable to adjust the climate. Having a single, general climate in the office will often lead to complaints about comfort among individual employees. Users who feel they have little or no control over the temperature of their work station report being 6.3% less productive as a result. This was the conclusion of a recently published thesis by Atze Boerstra. These users also report 50% more ‘sick building’ concerns, on average. What's more: according to Lighting Europe, allowing employees to manage both the level and colour of light can positively impact their health and well-being. This, in turn, is expected to lead to improved work performance, fewer mistakes and fewer days of absence.