Plessey reported that they are serving as a core partner in the first biophilic design project. BRE, a leading building research organization, is running the ‘Biophilic Office’ project. The office refurbishment project, which will be located on the BRE campus at Watford in a 650m2 office building, will renovate the building according to biophilic design principles, meaning a love of nature.
The biophilic design is based on people’s inherent attraction to natural processes and living systems. The project hopes to quantifiably demonstrate evidence of biophilic design benefits on the productivity, health, and wellbeing of office occupants.
According to BRE, the comprehensive, long-term study is unprecedented in terms of scale and data capture.
Project Hopes to Find Scientific Foundation for Biophilic Design Benefits
The project intends to offer a firm scientific foundation for biophilic-based guidance and adoption of measures in the facilities management and refurbishment sectors that promote health and wellbeing in offices. As one of the project’s core partners, Plessey will use the Biophilic Office, to evaluate the role of its products in promoting the health and wellbeing of office occupants and expand the company’s research into biophilic design.
During the three-year project, Plessey says it will contribute its expertise and know-how in sensing and solid-state lighting. A range of Plessey’s products including the Orion series of LED modules and Hyperion family of high-power horticultural LED grow lights use this technology.
Plessey designed the Hyperion range to offer supplementary lighting of greenhouses and achieve increased productivity for growers. At the same time, the Hyperion range of LED grow lights consumes 40% less electricity compared to equivalent 600W and 1000W sodium lights.
“Plessey is delighted to be a core partner and to be able to make a contribution to this important research study into biophilic design,” said Dr. Keith Strickland, Plessey’s Chief Technology Officer. “We believe this exciting new project will yield much valuable data and enable us to develop lighting technologies that are truly people-centric, where light levels can be adapted to suit human circadian rhythms.”
Researchers to Carry Out Baseline Year of Monitoring
Researchers plan to carry out a baseline year of pre-refurbishment and a year of post-renovation monitoring. As part of their measurements, the researchers will evaluate the Biophilic Office environment for comfort related to daylight, lighting, indoor air quality, as well as acoustics, temperature, and humidity.
The researchers will perform confidential health evaluations on the office occupants as part of the study. Additionally, the occupants will sign up for a series of online questionnaires and surveys, and wearable technology will monitor their key health metrics.
Ed Suttie, Research Director at BRE, commented, “The project will show how quantified improvements in productivity and wellness can bring rewards for landlords, occupiers, developers and all those concerned with the office and wider built environment.”