Creating the Productive Workplace

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Preface

The culture of living and working is undergoing accelerating social and technological changes. The release of creative energy in people is vital for them as individuals as well as for communities and society at large. Creative self-fulfilment leads to vitality in nations. There is recognition now that the daily rhythms of life need to be appreciated; there is also a need to understand how we think and concentrate and under what conditions our performance diminishes or improves. A high level of sustained focused concentration is necessary for a high level of productivity. Environments for working in are becoming more fluid to meet changing work patterns and to deal with all the different ways we need to think and communicate during any single working day. This book opens up some solutions but also poses many problems which, it is hoped, will provoke some thought and ideas for the future.

This book is partly based on the proceedings of a conference entitled 'Creating the Productive Workplace' held in London in October 1997. Over 200 people attended. Delegates came from a wide range of disciplines, including those who are interested in acquiring knowledge about human behaviour in buildings, and those who have to design and manage buildings in practice. I would like to thank the team that helped me to compose this conference, which included John Doggart from Energy Conscious Design (ECD), Nigel Oseland from British Research Establishment Ltd, and Aubrey Rogers from Bournemouth University. The administration was admirably executed by Peter Russell and Lilian Slowe, of Workplace Comfort Forum, together with their team of helpers. I would also like to pay tribute and give thanks to the sponsors and associates who have supported the event financially and with time and advice.

Sponsors: The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR); Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme; Clearvision Lighting Limited; RMC Group plc; Trigon Limited.

In Association with: Association of Consulting Engineers; British Council for Offices; British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM); Building Research Establishment Limited (BRE); Building Services Research &

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