BCO 2019 Guide to Specification
This month sees the launch of The British Council for Offices’ 2019 Guide to Specification.
Significant change has occurred in the office industry since the BCO’s previous Guide to Specifications were published in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Technological, sociological and environmental changes are reshaping approaches to providing offices, making traditional ways redundant in many cases.
The BCO’s 2019 flagship guide recognises that today’s successful businesses are driven by enterprise and compete in a knowledge-based economy.
The guide leans heavily on our 2018 report to recognise that people, productivity and well-being are the principal drivers in the value proposition of an office space. The workplace is less about property and more about how well it enhances productivity – so it must provide an environment for people to work at their best.
It’s a big and expensive read (click the button below to buy the report), so we’ll summarise the guide’s key points in the coming monthly Building Performance Insights. If you would like your friends and colleagues to get the serialised summaries over the coming months, please ask them to email us to join our mailing list.
Biophilia – Designing for wellbeing and performance
Close your eyes and think of the last place that made you feel calm, relaxed and totally at ease with the world.
When I do this, like most people, I think of a natural environment, typically a forest or a water landscape.
It is surprising, then, that when we spend less than 10% of our time outdoors, we automatically think of natural, rather than built environments, as those that are most beneficial to our wellbeing…
Click here for a relaxing read
Government Emissions Targets – Are they Realistic?
Theresa May announced a proposal for a 2050 net-zero target (amending the 2008-agreed target of an 80% reduction by 2050), and Labour’s focus group Momentum announced a net-zero target by 2030 – just 11 years away.
In short, both plans are achievable, but they need funding, and we’re not clear where that will come from. Whatever emissions targets become mandatory, businesses should carefully prepare to hit, and hopefully exceed mandatory targets.
Top tips to supercharge your workplace
For every £1 a typical UK business spends on buildings, it spends £200 on staff. Since we’re indoors 90% of the time, our health and productivity depends on the quality of our working environment.
Everyone deserves to work in healthy productive surroundings so every £1 needs to contribute to create that environment.
Our research demonstrates that improving the working surroundings leads to a 2-3% increase to your organisation’s output. Over its’ life, that’s more than enough to cover the capital cost of your building. And it’s not rocket science.
26th June, University Estates and Facilities Conference, Salford
John is a keynote speaker on Wednesday 26th June at the University Estates and Facilities Conference in Salford where he covers:
1) How is capital funding allocated to universities and what remits does this funding cover?
2) What should a university estates strategy framework look like? What are the realistic timescales?
3) How can university estates and facilities teams make the most out of university income in order to provide ‘world-class facilities’ and remain ‘modern’ in an ‘ever-changing world?’
4) Discussion involving higher education budgets and how savings and long-term investments can be made
5) Conversations regarding the demand for a government led higher education estates and facility strategy
6) The expectations, challenges and future opportunities.
Contact us if you’d like a copy of the conference presentation.
18th July, Oxfordshire Greentech “Exceptional Buildings”, Bicester
John will speak at Oxfordshire Greentech‘s event Exceptional Buildings on the 18th July, to showcase the future of innovative sustainable buildings.
Alongside John’s talk about sustainable buildings, the event will showcase the ‘Greenest Building’ in Oxfordshire – the Bicester Eco Business Centre – and the UK’s first Eco Town development, NW Bicester (Elmsbrook).
The event is subsidised by the European Regional Development Fund, so attendance is free. If you are within travelling distance to Bicester, please do register to attend.
Higher Education Design Quality Forum “What makes a high performance building?”
In May 2019, John was delighted to be invited to speak at the Higher Education Design Quality Forum event “What makes a high performance building?” about our research on productivity. You can view the presentation by clicking the image above.
Get in touch if you’d like to know more or would like a copy of the British Council for Offices (BCO) report “Improving productivity in the workplace” or read our guide to improving productivity in the workplace.
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