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Workplace and Facility Management Perspectives on Sustainability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2022) | Viewed by 2644

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School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH11 4BN, UK
Interests: workplace and facilities management; real estate; sustainability; workplace wellbeing; biophilia; workplace productivity; indoor environmental quality

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School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Interests: outsourcing relationships; outsourcing services; construction management; project management; quality management; property management; real estate; business management; ISO 41001 Series; New Engineering Contract

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to encourage the publication of experimental and theoretical research on environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of the workplace and facility management with a broad perspective.

We invite papers considering the wide spectrum of workplace and facility management sustainability including, for example, sustainable facility management and corporate real estate management, environmental management, energy management, nature-based solutions to a sustainable built environment, the role of facility management technology and digitalisation towards sustainability, urban or community-based facility management and health and wellbeing in built facilities.

Papers addressing the role of education in workplace and facility management as a change driver for sustainability are also invited. This may mean a pedagogical shift in the way that education is delivered and acquired to help enable a more climate-resilient society and more sustainable practice in workplace and facility management.

Research papers including those building, applying or testing models or frameworks, incorporating action research, case studies or applying an empirical approach are welcome, as well as theoretical or conceptual approaches to the subject.

Dr. Andrew Smith
Dr. Ka Leung LOK (Lawrence)
Guest Editors

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  • facilities management
  • facility management
  • workplace
  • corporate real estate
  • energy management
  • nature-based solutions
  • technology
  • digitalisation
  • urban facilities management
  • healthy buildings
  • sustainable buildings
  • workplace wellbeing
  • work environment
  • productivity
  • workplace satisfaction
  • facility management education
  • pedagogy
  • outsourcing services
  • outsourcing relationships

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Occupants’ Decision-Making of Their Energy Behaviours in Office Environments: A Case of New Zealand
by Achini Shanika Weerasinghe, Eziaku Onyeizu Rasheed and James Olabode Bamidele Rotimi
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2305; - 27 Jan 2023
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Understanding how occupants behave and interact with building systems is vital to energy efficiency in buildings. The building occupants’ behaviours are complex and influenced by diverse factors. A deep understanding of the underlying environmental, contextual, social, and psychological factors is the first step [...] Read more.
Understanding how occupants behave and interact with building systems is vital to energy efficiency in buildings. The building occupants’ behaviours are complex and influenced by diverse factors. A deep understanding of the underlying environmental, contextual, social, and psychological factors is the first step of many in establishing the relationship between the indoor environment and occupants’ behaviours. The current study investigates the influence of occupants’ perceived indoor environmental comfort, the availability of control, and the social-psychological impacts on occupant behaviours in a New Zealand context. The data were collected through online surveys, and 99 office occupants responded. A machine learning technique was applied to identify the critical factors influencing the decision-making of occupant behaviours. Of the occupant behaviours considered in the study, adjusting windows, doors, shades and blinds, and drinking beverages were mostly practised (>70%) while adjusting lighting, personal fans, thermostats/heaters, and computers (40–70%) was moderately practised by occupants. The availability of specific user controls was the main predictor of most occupant behaviours, followed by social-psychological factors such as actual knowledge, perceived knowledge, behavioural interventions, subjective norms, organisational support, personal norms, attitudes, and perceived behavioural control. The indoor environmental parameters such as indoor temperature, indoor air quality, natural light, and inside noise were highlighted as most influential in decision-making for occupant behaviours. Additionally, the demographic factors: gender, work duration, days at work, and permanence/temporariness of workspace, were also impactful. Knowing the complexity of occupants’ decision-making with respect to their behaviours helps building managers use this sensitive information to enhance building energy performance and enable more energy feedback to the occupants to raise their awareness. Such information is helpful for creating an intelligent environmental control system loop with eco-feedback and establishing occupant-centric buildings or features. Full article
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