Tips & Trends

WORKTECH12: Melbourne Review

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WORKTECH Melbourne was a great success and the addition of a workplace tour the next day to look inside at the likes of ANZ, NAB, Telstra, Isis, the Hub and the Department of Treasury and Finance was an excellent addition.

Mini Canal at City West

Adjusting Internal Energy Loads in Glass Buildings

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To combine the energy efficiency savings with worker comfort, more designers are incorporating low-temperature heating and cooling systems into building designs. This type of technology is ideally powered by renewable energy sources, such as geothermal or solar. It can also react quickly, which further translates into cost savings when evaluating productivity.

Best-Kept Secret: LEVEL ®

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While acceptance has already been recognized by client procurement teams and the green building movement, level ® is, unfortunately, still a best-kept secret and relatively unknown in the architectural and interior design communities.

Making Teleworking Work

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In the following sections, there is a review of the essentials of teleworking that provide a foundation for implementing this productive model in your organization.

Glass Enhances Workflow and Aesthetics

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Sure, glass in the workplace may let in the natural light we need to be productive and appreciate the view outside. But beyond the windows themselves, glass today can be found in everything from computers and keyboards to entire office spaces themselves.

Focusing on Workspace Utilization

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I predict that the efficient utilization of real estate, resources, and energy will be a critical business focus during 2012. To arrive at astute, accurate financial decisions, management teams will focus on increasing data acquisition so they can analyze workspace utilization trends down to a finite level.

Integrating Lighting Into Our Connected World

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Thanks to industry developments, we now have a wide range of lighting systems at our fingertips. In particular, the tiny size of systems such as LEDs and OLEDs allow the designer to put light wherever it is really needed and simply leave it out where it is unnecessary.

Lighting the Workplace

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From a technical and design standpoint, the widespread introduction of LEDs into office settings provides long-awaited alternatives to standard fluorescent and incandescent lights.

WORKTECH11: West Coast Review

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Worktech11 represented a cauldron of innovation, not only for being hosted in Nokia’s Sunnyvale, CA, headquarters, but also because of the myriad in-depth discussions on the economic, cultural, and design implication of today’s workplace trends.

Balancing Efficiency with Effectiveness

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As we search for both efficiency and effectiveness opportunities, we can look at both “demand” — in truly understanding what people need to do their work — and “supply” savings in the way space and furniture are planned and managed over time.