Is there a link between office temperature comfort and productivity?

August 14th, 2018 by

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Being in the commercial air conditioning business, it’s our job to ensure efficient, high-quality solutions are engineered for each of our clients. They rely on this effective temperature control for many things, but did you know that staff productivity is one of them?  Think about it for a moment… if it’s 30 degrees Celsius in an office, do you feel like working- or walking out and making a beeline for the beach?

For many years, it was common belief that the cooler the room temperature, the better office productivity. Scientific research conducted in Helsinki in 2006 even backed up this theory, however, a further study has surfaced and contradicted the verdict. Cornell University’s ergonomics study on office temperature revealed that “chilly workers” make more errors, whereas, workers in warm conditions had far fewer typing errors and significantly higher typing output.

While Helsinki concluded optimal office temperature to be 22 degrees Celsius, Cornell suggested a more “balmy” 25, as this was the point at which mistakes fell and output rose. As an added bonus, the study also found that warmer office climates produced warmer interpersonal communications between employees. Unsurprisingly, warmth is associated with feelings of affection, kindness and respect, and this was reflected in the way staff would interact.

Whatever temperature level you believe is optimal within your own personal office environment, it’s a fact that personal comfort among employees facilitates the best conditions for office productivity. Another factor to consider is humidity, which has a universally negative impact on office morale. In order to maintain superior air quality, minimal humidity and a consistent temperature, you’re going to need air conditioning solutions that are tailor designed to your office size and requirements.

At Equilibrium, we specialise in designing, installing and servicing climate control systems for commercial developments. We find the best solution for projects and we’re fully automated with computer aided estimating, design, drafting and management control. Our portfolio includes industries such as; healthcare, education, retail and industrial construct. All industries involving extensive amounts of employees and requiring top performance from them at all times.

If your commercial premises needs new or updated air conditioning solutions, don’t hesitate to contact our team on (02) 9439 4822.

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What is the Green Building Council of Australia- It’s not easy being green, but we can.

August 3rd, 2018 by

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At Equilibrium Air Conditioning, we are committed to sustainability and looking out for future generations by being environmentally responsible. This is a key consideration in the design and construct of all our projects. We are proud to be members of the Green Building Council of Australia and we’re actively working towards Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) principles.

What is the Green Building Council of Australia? The GBCA is comprised of more than 600 individual companies with an annual turnover collectively exceeding $40 billion. This extensive group of companies employs over 50,000 staff across Australia.  The industries represented within GBCA is varied and includes; major developers, banks, superannuation funds, professional services firms, product manufacturers, retailers and suppliers. GBCA also includes a number of local and state government departments and land organisations, as well as having 18 university members.

Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, has said of the work done by GBCA, “We are proud to work collaboratively across government and industry to deliver healthier, more productive, sustainable and resilient places for people.”

In 2016, a new strategy was released by GBCA focusing on leading a carbon positive industry. This new strategic plan supports the vision of providing a healthy, resilient and progressive place for people and the natural environment. The aim is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment by achieving the four goals below:

  • PLANET: Drive a carbon positive industry
  • PEOPLE: Foster liveable and sustainable communities and cities
  • INDUSTRY: Broaden market transformation
  • REGION: Increase regional influence

Equilibrium Air Conditioning are proud to partner with an organisation that is pioneering the way to a healthier future for our planet. We actively promote the use of sustainable solutions and enthusiastically seek alliances with like-minded suppliers and industry groups. Our project managers are made responsible for guaranteeing each project is completed with optimal reductions in energy consumption and waste in mind, and that a minimal carbon footprint is made during the building and production of HVAC systems. It’s not easy being green, but it can be done. With teamwork and cooperation, planning and care, we can reduce human impact on the Earth’s environment and ensure it stays beautiful for generations to come.

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