Movement dynamics in office environments

Stamatina T. Rassia, Simon Hay, Alastair Beresford, Nick V. Baker

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This research explores the relationship between the indoor environment and physical activity and sets out to highlight how motion inside buildings can be described as a dynamic system that may be prescribed by design. Our work builds on an exploratory study carried out in a cellular workplace at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in order to identify the energy cost of movement in different office spaces. Movement has been recorded using an accurate indoor location system and analysed alongside measured energy expenditure. Our goal is to show that it is possible to estimate human energy expenditure at the design stage without the need for specialised medical equipment. Based on our existing knowledge of the importance of environmental-behavior interaction on productivity we believe that increases in movement duration and intensity may have a beneficial effect on both the office organisation and occupant health and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd CIB International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments - Delft
Duration: 15 Jun 200919 Jun 2009


Conference3rd CIB International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments
Abbreviated titleSASBE 2009


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