Environmental Satisfaction in Open-Plan Environment: 2 Effect of Workstation Size, Partition Height and Windows

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20378854
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada; Volume 845
Physical description39 p.
SubjectOffice/Workstation design; Open-plan offices [cubicles]; Windows; Office acoustics
AbstractOpen-plan office designs are characterised by modular furniture and moveable partitions that partially screen office occupants from co-workers occupying the same office space. Such designs are argued to provide a flexible working environment, to offer space and cost savings and to promote communication between office occupants. However, research suggests that open-plan office occupants may experience a lack of both visual and acoustical privacy and an increase in the amount of unwanted distractions and interruptions. In addition, the proposed benefits regarding improved communication are often not realised. Furthermore, open-plan occupants sometimes experience unfavourable ambient conditions, partly because of the lack of control resulting from a shared office space.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteWas also published as a conference paper at the 63rd Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, held in Vancouver, B.C., on May 30-June 1, 2002
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IdentifierIRC-IR-845 ; B3205.10
NRC number14311
NPARC number20378854
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Record created2012-07-24
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