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Building Performance Insights

Welcome to February’s Building Performance Insights.

Last month I shot a one minute video to convey what we’re about  – our elevator pitch if you like. I may not be too “easy on the eye” but please do watch the video and let me know what you think – how does it help you understand what we can bring to your organisation?

You’ll see our final instalment of the productivity heaven series – monitor, evaluate and improve.

We look at a recent report about the music industry’s recovery, and ask what estates professional can learn from this.

And Max Biddlestone LCMB’s dynamic Junior Consultant writes about his first six months with us, which describes some of the projects he’s been involved in.

I hope you find our newsletter and ideas helpful. Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss how we can help you improve the performance and productivity of your people, buildings and estates.

John O’Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823
e: [email protected]


Why do we do what we do?

… because people are more important than buildings.

We spend more than 90% of our lives indoors, but we’re so used to it, we can miss or forget the impact good, and bad buildings, can have on our quality of life.

We’ve all felt that certain lift when we go into a well-designed and comfortably maintained space. We’ve also felt how stuffy, hot or uncomfortable spaces can distract and sap our focus, energy and motivation.

Research by Harvard University, and others, consistently shows that people performance, productivity and wellbeing is significantly impacted by the quality of our indoor spaces.

At LCMB we help our clients deliver and operate buildings and workplaces that help their people and organisations thrive. Watch our video.


Five steps to productivity heaven

Five steps to productivity heaven

Our three year research programme provides clear measurable evidence that if you don’t get temperature, light, CO2 and humidity levels (among other factors) right, your staff productivity is dramatically compromised. Our research shows that offices rarely have the optimal levels.

We’re serialising our step by step process for companies to measure and improve the working environment, to improve productivity and wellbeing.

To get all the steps immediately, download the full guide for free here, otherwise, follow the links below for each step..

1. Engage stakeholders

Covered in October

2. Collect data

Covered in November

3. Analyse and Plan

Covered in December

4. Run projects

Covered in January

5. Monitor, evaluate and improve

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Step 5: Monitor, evaluate and improve

At the heart of our productive workplace approach is ongoing performance improvement to validate, measure and continually review performance. This ensures the building always operates to its full potential.

If you make sure that you trial all projects before scaling, and measure and verify all outcomes., you have the ingredients for ongoing performance improvement during project delivery and post project completion.

Your process to measure and verify will enable you to:

1: Validate project return on investment

2: Deliver and commission new projects correctly

3: Provide supporting evidence for future interventions

Download the complete guide here


In the news

What can estates learn from music industry’s recovery?

The music industry is healthier than ever

Goldman Sach’s fascinating report shows the music industry is healthier that it’s been in years and streaming services like Spotify are set to propel global music revenue to record highs.

Millennials spend more money on music than other age groups, and prefer subscriptions over ownership. Most millennials aren’t interested in owning music in the same way their predecessors coveted LPs, cassettes and CDs.

In fact millenials own fewer fundamental things – property, or cars for instance. The subscription economy makes it easy to rent, share or subscribe to what you need, often at better quality than you can afford to own.

What estates can learn from millennials and the music industry 
We can see the subscription economy and experience applying to workspaces. Flexible workspaces such as We Work and Work Life have carved out a new market, creating a “better Regus” by tapping into people’s new way or working, and appealing to those that opted out of the traditional career model.

These workspaces win business by making their spaces attractive, productive, and healthy – better than working at home, on client site or even in the office. The best “pay as you go” office companies use innovation to create productive workspaces that are way ahead of most company owned workspaces, offering a better all-round user experience.

We advise estates managers to watch these trends closely, so you can work to future proof your workplaces and buildings.



Six months In: The Start of My Journey with LCMB

My career seemed straight forward: obtain a bachelor’s degree in theatre studies > get a job in a Theatre as a House Manager > very predictable next steps.

It turned out what I enjoyed most wasn’t the theatre, but the building. A theatre is an exciting building to manage – often underfunded, occupying some quirky repurposed building..  a church, barn or warehouse. Maintaining a poorly funded and retrofitted theatre in an older building means some core elements are overlooked, and customers suffer.

Joining LCMB, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. In the wrong hands, it could have been a mistake.. read on


Last month most popular blog

LCMB blogs cover a range of building performance and related issues.

Our most popular blog in January was 2019, A year to define the UK’s future?


LCMB Workplace Optimisation

Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) is a LCMB innovation to improve workplace productivity by 10% and reduce energy use by 30% by optimising ventilation, light, noise and other indoor environmental factors.

LCMB are proud to work with partners Innovate UK, EPSRC, Argent, King’s College London, Emcor UK, British Council for Office, Constructing Excellence, Oxford Brookes University to develop an indoor environmental quality model to maximise worker productivity. Contact Tom Cudmore, Senior Consultant on t: 01295 722823 e: [email protected] or visit to find out more.

Case Studies

LCMB's accelerated ROI audit

Too many organisations spend large sums of money on the wrong initiatives that generate a poor return or even a loss.

This is why we created the LCMB accelerated ROI audit. It cuts through the noise and quickly, clearly identifies the untapped performance improvement areas within your buildings.

The audit uncovers operational inefficiencies such as under-utilised space and facilities, as well as cost and energy reduction opportunities, and then provides a clear plan for realising potential.

By implementing the plan, we guarantee the audit pays for itself within 6 months and thereafter generates a positive return.

Contact John O’Brien on 01295 722823  [email protected] to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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