Officebroker.com is rebranding as Officio to move away from the broker model and aid clients in finding long-term solutions, rather than completing short-term goals.
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Circadian science has become more mainstream thanks to emphasizing the now $4.2 trillion wellness industry.
Workplaces are now adopting new lighting systems to boost company morale and productivity. Keara Fanning, who leads a sustainability practice at JLL, says that humans are evolved to wake up when the sun goes up and sleep at sundown. We are affected when our environment’s lighting does not reflect this pattern.
Now, scientists say that the correlation between a cloudy day and fatigue is not coincidental. Scientists have found that photoreceptors in the eye that help set our circadian clock. These receptors are most sensitive to blue wavelengths of light, which can suppress melatonin, meaning overexposure to blue light can keep us awake at night and help you focus during the day.
Workplaces are attempting to combat this by having thoughtful light fixtures in their design. For example, Arup Group’s Boston office has implemented circadian lighting that changes color temperature throughout the day. It is able to provide natural lighting, as well as warmer colored lights that reduce blue light as the sun goes down.
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“A lot of light with significant blue content signals day and less light with diminished blue content signals night – the greater the differential, the easier it is for our bodies to adapt to a 24-hour day-night cycle,” said ays Shruti Koparkar, leader of corporate strategy and development at Ecosense Lighting. “If there is not much difference, the body is confused.”
Technology exists to make implementing proper lighting easier in an office.
Additionally, Mirvac’s WELL Certified Gold headquarters in Sydney is applying an automatic blind system that adjusts as the sun moves throughout the day to support energy efficiency and overall wellness.
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JLL research revealed that Dallas-Fort Worth is ranked 12th out of the country’s top 15 coworking and flexible space markets, taking up 3 million square feet of space.
Office provider LABS has launched its 96,100 square foot flagship property LABS House in Bloomsbury, London that features coworking, offices, and full-service dining.
Cool office interiors are ideal at first glance, but looking into a company’s principles, such as gender equality and flexibility, will be the factors that retain talent.
Colliers International revealed the success of the office market last year due to high demand for coworking and tech firms, but predictions for 2019 are uncertain.
Shared office space providers as tenants have become the norm for many landlords and building owners, and now many REITs have adopted coworking as it continues to expand.
Brookfield Properties has teamed up with Convene to spruce up the 73,000 square foot Brookfield Place into a full-service events venue that accommodates up to 500 people.
Many coworking operators pride themselves on massive, rampant expansion, but some industry experts believe this growth could lead to failure and consolidation in 2019.