Keep calm and carry on: exploring the social determinants of indoor environment quality


Snow, Stephen, Soska, Anna, Chatterjee, Shre and schraefel, monica (2016) Keep calm and carry on: exploring the social determinants of indoor environment quality At CHI 2016, United States. 07 - 12 May 2016. 7 pp. (doi:10.1145/2851581.2892490).

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Poor Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) in office environments leads to worker discomfort and lost productivity. This paper provides a unique perspective into the specifically social determinants of IEQ in naturally ventilated offices and our work toward designing technology that might improve it. Based on 15 qualitative interviews we explore the rituals, practices and negotiations involved in opening windows and thermostat adjustment. We find that a wish to maintain status quo results in workers putting up with discomfort with IEQ factors well before requesting a change. In closing, we introduce our future design work aimed at drawing attention to existing office practices and encouraging a broader participation in negotiations around IEQ factors in the workplace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1145/2851581.2892490
Venue - Dates: CHI 2016, United States, 2016-05-07 - 2016-05-12
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Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 390298
Date :
Date Event
10 March 2016Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 06:12
Projects:
ReFresh: Remodeling Building Design Sustainability from a Human Centered Approach
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/K021907/1)
Led by: m.c. schraefel
28 August 2013 to 27 August 2018
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/390298

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