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PACT model for calculation and reasoning presented at ERES conference

10 july 2014

ERES Conference

From 25 to 28 June, the European Real Estate Society Conference (ERES) was held in Bucharest, Romania. Scientists and business people exchanged knowledge and insights in the world of real estate. Participants at the conference presented papers on various topics such as simulations to calculate the potential of energy efficiency measures in buildings, strategies to apply a ‘customer focus’ to building management and the qualities of the ‘ideal landlord’. During the four-day conference the current state of knowledge in Real Estate Research was discussed  in seven different parallel sessions.

Proper workspace calculation instead of 'gut feeling'

The CfPB presented the paper: ‘PACT, Calculating NWOW accommodation that suits the organizations' work processes’ about the PACT calculation model. Researcher Evi De Bruyne described the model and its application to the audience. She also elaborated on important management questions regarding resettlement, especially space optimization related with New Ways of Working (New Ways of Working).

In a changing offices’ context and with the increasing demand for flexible environments, it is important to pay attention to proper calculation of (activity related) workstations and work environment elements. Decisions are still too often taken based on 'gut feelings', while reality asks for the development of a solid business case. Doing this quite a few questions must be answered: how many workspaces and work-stations do we need and which ones? What are the effects on the work environment when employees work more flexibly or shift the range of their activities? Simulations with PACT can answer such questions , and thus support the management in making an informed decision.

After the presentation of the model we received several positive comments on the model. We are glad that we finally able to present the PACT model - after years of development and use. We are excited about the further developments of the model!

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Evi De Bruyne

Evi De Bruyne

Researcher│MSc, Work and Organizational Psychology