What does the environmentally-aware office mean to different generations? And how do workers go about creating greener workplaces?
These are key questions to be answered in a forthcoming joint research project by Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS), a leading provider of facilities, commercial real estate and energy management for many of the world's largest companies, and the world-renowned Royal College of Art (RCA) based in London.
The study, entitled "Sustainable for All", will be conducted by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, which has a research lab dedicated to work and city.
Through in-depth interviews and interactive workshops, the research team will engage with employees from large European organisations in the life sciences, technology and financial sectors.
"Johnson Controls' Oxygenz research discovered that prospective employees prefer to work for organisations that are environmentally aware. The problem for providers of office space and workplace services is how to translate this desire for greener workplaces into real actions," says Dr. Marie Puybaraud, director of Johnson Controls GWS' research arm, Global WorkPlace Innovation (GWi).
"This partnership will examine these issues and create practical guidance that is highly visual and easy to implement. The results will be extremely valuable to real estate executives with the desire to meet challenging sustainability targets, and talent recruitment teams looking to use the workplace as a strategic tool in the so-called 'war for talent'."
Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Jeremy Myerson, comments: "This is an exciting opportunity to explore what office workers of different ages think about the sustainable workplace and what can be done to make it a reality. Issues of lifestyle, commuting, technology and corporate culture will all come into the frame and the final exhibition will make compelling viewing."
The findings will then be presented, in both creative and qualitative forms, at the college's galleries during this autumn's London Design Festival as part of an RCA exhibition entitled "The Problem Comes First", which runs from 23 September to 5 October, 2011.
The Royal College of Art is one of the most influential postgraduate universities specialising in art and design in the world. Its alumni include Sir James Dyson, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Idris Khan and Sir Ridley Scott.
GWi draws together expertise from across the industry and academia to develop and promote leading-edge research in workplace, facilities management and real estate, as well as deliver applied research consulting solutions.