Environmental Satisfaction in Open-Plan Environments: 1. Scale Validation and Methods

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20386149
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report (National Research Council Canada. Institute for Research in Construction); no. IRC-IR-844
Physical description52 p.
SubjectOffice/Workstation design; Open-plan offices [cubicles]; Office acoustics
AbstractOrganisations and their facilities managers are under pressure to reduce the space allocation to individuals in open-plan offices, as a means to reduce costs. The reduced space allocation, however, risks creating an unpleasant working environment, either directly through the creation of adverse physical conditions (e.g., more noise, added obstructions to air circulation), or indirectly through psychological processes such as privacy or stress. As part of a larger project concerning the design and operation of open plan offices, a field study was conducted to determine the effects of open-plan office design (particularly workstation size and partition height) on the indoor environment and on occupant satisfaction with that environment. The study is a pre-post renovation study of government office buildings that will undergo space-saving renovations to smaller cubicle sizes. This paper reports on time 1 data only (time 2 data will not be available until 2003).
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
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
Peer reviewedNo
NRC numberNRC-IRC-14313
NPARC number20386149
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