RESEARCH AT OFFICEVITAE
OfficeVitae is a spinoff of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, built on over 10 years of research work in national and European projects focused on sustainable living and work. Currently the company is engaged in several joint research projects with academic and industry partners. Furthermore, the company is involved in the development of measurement tools and methods for assessing comfort and vitality at work which are readily available for joint research projects. The research program at OfficeVitae is led by Prof. dr. David Keyson.
OfficeVitae has been an active partner in the Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) programme under the EIT Climate-KIC: the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. Within the BTA OfficeVitae participated in:
2nd Skin project: In the 2nd Skin Project, OfficeVitae monitored home occupant comfort levels before and after home renovations for energy efficient housing.
Facade Leasing project: In the Facade Leasing project Office Vitae worked on the measurement and modelling of subjective and objective comfort to determine the effects of a new builiding facade on occupant comfort.
UCBI: In the User Centred Building Interaction project, OfficeVitae ran three pilot test sites to reduce CO2 emissions in offices by providing user centric control of comfort through localised heating sources. The OccuPlus app is deployed to enable building occupants to view their comfort and choose a workplace depending upon their comfort preferences. A pilot is running at the Province of South Holland and is part of an energy challenge. Prior to UCBI we conducted applied research work for TU Delft facilities on Smart Heating User-Centric control and demonstrated a heat energy savings potential of 30% by taking human behaviour into account.
Top Sector Energy, TKI Urban Energy. OfficeVitae has been a partner in the program 3 of the MMIP (Multi-year Mission-driven Innovation Programs). The MMIP contributes to the mission's CO2-free built environment in 2050', with the intermediate goal in 2030 of 200,000 existing homes per year free from natural gas and prepared for 2050. The ambition is that around 1.5 million homes and 15% of the utility buildings in 2030 will be natural gas-free and sustainably heated. MMIP 3 stimulates technical, process-based and social innovations that can accelerate the energy transition in the built environment.
Current Research projects:
In the EU Interreg ENERGE project, OfficeVitae is providing the sensing technology and an educational user interface to enables schools to monitor their comfort levels and energy use to reduce CO2 emissions. In the nationally funded MOOI ("Missiegedreven Onderzoek, Ontwikkeling en Innovatieproject") OfficeVitae participates in the Brains4Buildings project.
Office Vitality Scan
Based on a collection of validated scales the Office Vitality web-based scan provides researchers and designers with a tool to measure and assess how office occupants experience their work environment and how would they prefer to experience it. In this manner the vitality gap can be determined for a group. The vitality scan is built along five dimensions, being (1) how the physical builiding is experienced, (2) how the organzation is experienced in terms of personal well being, (3) social interaction in the workplace, (4) psychological well being, and (5) degree of physical activity at work, including work posture.