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Most workers not in optimal spaces, study shows
WASHINGTON, D.C—Only one in four U.S. workers are in optimal workplace environments, according to Gensler’s 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey. The rest are struggling to work effectively, resulting in lost productivity, innovation, and worker engagement.
Workplace effectiveness has declined since 2008, as measured by comparative data between Gensler’s 2013 and 2008 U.S. Workplace Surveys. The inability to focus for many is the key driver of workplace ineffectiveness.
Study results show that a lack of effective focus space drags down the effectiveness of all other work modes: collaboration, learning, and socializing, as well as the effectiveness of the workplace as a whole.
Researchers also found that respondents who can focus tend to be more satisfied (31%), higher performing (14%), and see their companies as more innovative (31%). Even though many workplaces are designed to support collaboration, time spent collaborating has decreased (20%), while time spent focusing has increased (13%).
Big data analytics are growing
WELLINGBOROUGH, UK—The market for fault detection based on big-data building analytics will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 40% during the next five years, according to IMS Research, now part of IHS.
Fault detection in 2012 represented 27% of the $16 million global market for building analytics, with optimization accounting for the remainder. However, as the market develops and grows, fault detection will take a larger share of the market, IHS forecasts.
Big data is a term used to describe large and complex data sets that can provide insightful conclusions when analyzed and visualized in a meaningful way. Buildings are full of systems that produce data, from building management to access control.
“The challenge for big data in smart buildings is to combine the silos of information from different systems into a single unified location where the data can be analyzed,” said William Rhodes, senior market analyst with the Building Technologies Group at IHS.
The Big Squeeze The Impact of Densification on Building Infrastructure & Company Culture by Fran Ferrone - A team of portfolio managers for a Fortune 100 insurance firm recently asked Mancini Duffy TSC to offer some thoughts on the subject of densification. Having identified it as a corporate real estate trend they sought some insight into its impact on building infrastructure.
OSCRE standards track properties with single data model by Lisa Stanley, CEO, OSCRE International, Ltd. - Corporate decision making is placing greater demands on how information is used. Business intelligence and analytics are only as good as the data that feeds them. Regardless of the industry, figuring out how to collect, analyze and apply information to make the best business decisions possible can present extreme challenges
Strong Asset Management Key for Commercial Real Estate
Indicates BOMA’s Experience Exchange Report® WASHINGTON—The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, incollaboration with research firm Kingsley Associates, released the 2013 Experience Exchange Report® (EER®) June 18th. The report showed a 9.0 percent decrease in utility costs for private-sector office buildings, and a 3.9 percent decrease in total operating expenses in 2012 compared to 2011, underscoring an industry focus on maximizing building efficiency in the face of dwindling income streams.
2013 Best of NeoCon Winners
The winners of the 2013 Best of NeoCon Competition of contract products were announced Monday, June 10 at an awards breakfast hosted by Contract. The Best of NeoCon is sponsored by Contract magazine, the International Interior Design Association, the International Facility Management Association, Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., and McMorrowReport.com
Lightning: The Overlooked Threat in Risk Mitigation
Thousands of large corporations’ facilities managers, along with small business owners on the East Coast, never anticipated the magnitude of damage left in the path of Hurricane Sandy in October. They never believed a storm with the destruction quotient of Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans could rip through New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and they did not plan for it.