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Designing and building efficient work space environment

Designing and building efficient work space environment has been gaining increased attention in recent years. With the current concern about energy conservation, it is no longer sufficient to provide employees with a work space that meets their basic requirements. The design of office buildings will have to take into account the working environment and alter it in accordance with various needs.

Office layout designs which are both eco-friendly and ergonomically sound. Among these guidelines, one guideline particularly focuses on designing efficient work space environments so as to reduce unhealthy sitting postures which lead to physical fatigue.

It provides advice on how to create a comfortable and healthy work space environment by suggesting how many chairs and tables should be provided per one employee as well as their sizes, shapes and positions. In addition to this guideline, there are also guidelines on Designing office spaces for efficient lighting, Acoustic comfort in open offices, and guidance on designing healthy work spaces.

1) The guideline on designing efficient work space environment for reducing unhealthy sitting postures

The guideline is based on research which reveals that there are about 30% of the office employees who sit for 7 hours or more per day. Some of these put themselves at risk by working with bad postures due to their inappropriate work place design.

The guideline on designing efficient work space environment mainly focuses on providing advice that will reduce the number of risks associated with placing chairs and desks too close together as well as keeping desired distances between them so as to provide enough room for the people to move freely without disturbing others’. It also suggests where should one place chairs and tables, how many chairs and tables should be placed per one person, their size shapes and positions.

2) The guideline on designing office space that is energy efficient

This guideline mainly focuses on how to save energy in a building by laying out its offices properly through a detailed analysis of a standard office’s usage patterns. It provides advice on how to design offices in such a way as to reduce the amount of lighting power needed when an office is not in use. In addition, this guideline suggests placing storage areas which are not often used away from openings for natural ventilation whenever possible so as to reduce the flow of cooled air into them during hot season.

3) The Guideline on acoustics comfort in open offices This guideline provides advice about noise level and acoustics comfort in open office environments. It also suggests placing partitions at appropriate spots to reduce noise pollution.

4) The Guideline on designing healthy work spaces This guideline mainly focuses on making the working environment healthy by suggesting that where should one place chairs and tables, how many chairs and tables should be placed per one person, their size shapes and positions etc. through a detailed analysis of a standard office’s usage patterns. One example is that it provides advice on how close two people seated next to each other with their backs facing inward can communicate with each other without raising their voice which is about half an arm length apart from the back of each person’s chair up to their ear lobe when they are both sitting upright comfortably in front of their desk.

Another example is that it suggests arranging the desks where all employees can face each other comfortably by proposing that about 1,000mm should be placed between their chair back and desk’s edge so as not to cause the upper part of the body around the neck to lean forward after sitting upright for a long time. And also, it suggests estimating how many employees will need sitting space based on the number of employees in one office along with their average number of work hours per day.

Employes with a work space that meets their basic requirements.

The design of office buildings will have to take into account the working environment and alter it in accordance with various needs. Office layout designs which are discussed in the guideline are classified into ‘Open layout’ and ‘Closed layout’.

In open layout, partitions are arranged to create several work spaces from a large space. In closed layouts, each work space has its own enclosed area without interrupting the surrounding offices. These closing aisles may be used for meeting rooms or informal gatherings. Thus it is important to determine which way of office lay-out would be most appropriate depending on the nature of operations, types of workers etc

By understanding the problems with today’s inefficient work space environments as well as the directions in which these environments will have to be improved, we can see that results of future research will lead to further development of new technologies which will then contribute to improving our working conditions.

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