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Lear Innovation Ventures: Driving the Future of Mobile Environments

Innovation is all about answering the question: “What if?” For example, what if we could transfer the latest research designed to precisely monitor and control building environments to vehicle environments? Questions like this are driving the future of mobility for Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV). This new CBE partner is focused on accelerating the pace of innovation and collaboration around autonomous, connected, electrified and shared mobility trends.

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Using IoT Sensing to Determine the Resilience of Buildings to Wildfire Pollution

During the 2018 fires, CBE used previously-installed sensors in two University buildings to understand and evaluate building resilience to urban scale air pollution, quantifying particle penetration to the indoors from outdoors. The low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) PM2.5 sensors were accompanied by a survey of the building occupants, with questions focused on changes in their behavior, perceived air quality, self-reported productivity and health symptoms.

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Measuring Workplace Productivity: Key Variables and Future Directions

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of a seminal paper from Rocky Mountain Institute, “Greening the Building and the Bottom Line,” making the case that green buildings’ unique features may improve employee productivity. Since then interest in this topic has remained strong, and several studies by CBE and others have contributed to our collective understanding of workplace productivity; in this post we describe our related work with a focus on key variables.

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Livable Buildings Awards

Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt, Colorado

Now in its twelfth year, the Livable Buildings Awards recognize projects that demonstrate high occupant satisfaction, excellent design, and innovative operation strategies.

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