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Future Workplaces: Technology And Human Needs Guiding Design

As technology continues to permeate interiors and with an increased demand for more human-centric environments, the architecture and design community must extend their knowledge of how to create more comfortable spaces. Once mostly driven by a functional and aesthetic approach, commercial building design must now pay greater attention to considerations related to human health and well-being, and to the changing needs of a new generation of workers. Now more than ever, designers are diving deeper into how they can create environments that maximize occupants’ comfort by addressing elements such as air, noise, and lighting in workplaces. Networked systems offer a powerful value proposition and, as forecasted by the U.S. Department of Energy, half of the lamps in the commercial sector will be connected within 10 years, a clear indication that connected lighting is the future. Advanced LED Technology and WELL. As technology progresses and the desire for more human-centric environments continues to become omnipresent, employers are seeking new ways to distinguish their workplaces. These light sources render colors for human preference: skin tones look healthier, wood tones seem warmer, and colors are more vibrant, making objects appear more attractive. Improved metrics for assessing light quality are being considered by the lighting industry to better match human preference lighting.

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