More Options for LED Bulbs

“LEDs last about 25 times as long as incandescents and three times as long as CFLs; we’re talking maybe 25,000 hours of light. Install one today, and you may not own your house, or even live, long enough to see it burn out. (Actually, LED bulbs generally don’t burn out at all; they just get

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New Twist on Industrial Fluorescent Bulbs

“The industrial fluorescent bulbs and brushed aluminum casing get a makeover from the open, organic-feeling construction of the octagonal pendant. While it makes a statement as a single hovering light, the design truly shines when clustered in groups, as in the lobby image,” Source:  Design Daily: Sculptural Pendant Light by Neidhardt

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Influencing Urban Planning with Green Spaces

“For society as a whole, green spaces contribute to health. But with more than half of the world’s population living in urban environments, many people may have few options for contact with nature. The report points out the importance of local green space and green exercise to improve the quality of life as well as

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Silicon Valley Perks

“Communal bicycles. Free food. Sleep pods. Unlimited vacation. Those Silicon Valley perks make headlines. But what’s more shocking are the basic perks that technology company employees enjoy that hardly anyone else in the U.S. gets.” Source: Only in Silicon Valley: 10 employee perks other U.S. workers don’t get    

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Disney’s RFID Wristbands

“A family of four can put MagicBands on after registering for the cloud-based service, then instead of digging through cash or (the unmaxed) credit cards, they can use their wrists to enter the park, buy lunch, and even unlock their hotel room. A skeptic would point out that such an interaction will disassociate people with

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Electronic Access Control

“Flexibility is the main benefit of this system (electronic access-control). System administrators can change locks from a central location by reprogramming the door as needed. The computer also records transactions, providing a printout for administrative control. Administrators also can encode emergency cards or master cards to give certain personnel — security or maintenance personnel...

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The Return of Lucite

Lucite is making a comeback.  Check out some of the inspiration from California Home & Design that could very well be incorporated in an office environment.   Source: In the Clear: 10 Rooms Adorned with Lucite

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Happiness at Work

“What exactly makes those staffers whistle while they work? CareerBliss just released its findings on the 50 happiest companies in America. The data, based on employee-submitted reviews, evaluated the key factors such as work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and coworkers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company...

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Green (aka Vegetative) Roofs

“Perhaps the most closely watched element of ASLA’s vegetative roof is its performance in terms of energy savings. “We did do a pre- and post-electric bill (review), and we did have a 10 percent savings during the winter, due to the insulating properties of the roof because the (outside) temperatures aren’t able to bear down

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Physical Space and Meaningful Work

“As to the broader relationship between the workplace and creativity, “there’s some evidence that great physical space enhances creativity,” she said. “The theory is that open spaces that are fun, where people want to be, facilitate idea exchange. I’ve watched people interact at Google and you see a cross-fertilization of ideas.” That said, she added,

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Words as Wall Designs

I see this in a lot of offices lately.  Creating graphics with your logo or your core values are a fresh addition to any space. Source: If Walls Could Talk: 11 Rooms That Spell it Out

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