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Comfort Science at Work

Maximize building performance and employee productivity with Roast, a workplace comfort survey that lets you assess, manage, and improve comfort inside the workplace.

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Employee comfort matters to productivity and your bottom-line.

You’ve seen employees wear sweaters in the summer and crack office windows in the winter. You’re aware that workplace discomfort exists, but did you know that it’s leading to higher operating costs, unhappy employees, and a higher carbon footprint? Roast is a workplace comfort survey that lets you assess building comfort by recording perceived temperatures, brightness, noise levels, and more, giving you the data needed to improve building performance and employee productivity.

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Workplaces should adapt to people, not the other way around.

Every workplace is different, with open or closed floorplans, natural or artificial light, accessible electricity and more. But that doesn’t mean you need to succumb to its quirks. Through proven questions about comfort level, Roast captures and maps feedback onto your building’s floorplan, visualizing comfort so you can identify trends to make informed improvements. Whether you’re a building owner, facility manager, or HR professional, Roast will make your building work for you.

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We created Roast to change the “too-hot, too-cold” conversation.

Roast was founded by a team of architects s and researchers determined to change the “too-hot, too-cold” conversations that consumed our office walls. We combined our building-science-savvy with the art of design to create a survey that would pinpoint our team members’ comfort needs. The data changed the way our workplace functioned, and we’ve been sharing the benefits of comfort science with building owners, facility managers, and HR staff ever since.

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“Feedback revealed that the firm needed to install a much smaller mechanical system than they would have expected based on prescribed industry standards.”

“This kind of post-occupancy evaluation focuses on how people are experiencing the space. Together with metric data and employee experience feedback, the firm was able to produce an overall better design.”

“KieranTimberlake found that 80 percent of its staff is more comfortable at around 83 °F. The difference translates to ‘money in our pockets, carbon not in the atmosphere, and energy saved.’”

“While there were slightly more survey responses from female staff, the differences in thermal comfort between sexes were insignificant. It turns out gender is less a predictor of thermal comfort than other factors, like age, activity level or, tellingly, the relative wealth of the society surveyed.”

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