Selected Funded Projects

ARC DP DP160103978
Solving the problem of speech distraction in open-plan offices (2016-2018)
Australian Research Council (ARC)

Prof Richard de Dear, Dr Densil Cabrera, Dr Jungsoo Kim

Without internal walls, open-plan offices are designed to make people interact more frequently, therefore be more collaborative and productive. Yet there is a high level of dissatisfaction with open-plan layout because of frequent distraction by background speech from co-workers, which has been shown to significantly decrease work performance and productivity. This project aims to better understand how irrelevant speech in open-plan offices affects the occupants’ cognitive performance and creates annoyance. The intended outcomes are the development of powerful new tools to measure, model and predict the degree of speech distraction at work, enabling establishment of new international standards.

National Research Foundation of Korea
Development of a Global Thermal Comfort Data Base
(2012 - 2014)

Prof Richard de Dear, Prof Chungyoon Chun (Yonsei University), Prof Ed Arens (UC Berkeley)

ARC Linkage - LP110200328
Building Occupants Survey System for Australia - BOSSA
(2011 - 2014)

Prof Richard de Dear, Dr Christhina Candido, Craig Roussac, Jungsoo Kim & Thomas Parkinson Ms Leena Thomas (UTS) Industry Partners: Arup, Brookfield Multiplex, The GPT Group, Investa Property Group, Stockland Property Management. In-kind Support: National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) generates feedback on the performance of buildings from their occupants’ perspective. As an indoor environmental quality assurance process, POE accelerates diffusion of best design practices and minimises bad design recidivism. The Building Occupants Survey System for Australia - BOSSA - will be a POE system for Australia’s office buildings. As the BOSSA database grows with each additional building surveyed during this project, it will underpin an ongoing program of architectural science research aimed at improving occupant health, comfort and productivity outcomes from sustainable office buildings.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Climate Works Foundation and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Thermal Comfort Model Development for India Context

Prof Richard de Dear
Ms Leena Thomas (UTS)
Prof Rajan Rawal (CEPT University)