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Design concept workshop for Construction Youth Trust

I am a second year undergraduate, studying Psychology at UCL and have been working as Grigoriou Interiors’ Marketing Intern for the past 7 weeks. Grigoriou Interiors selected me and together we applied for funding from UCL Advances Summer Internship scheme, which we were successful in obtaining. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the construction industry and the huge importance of sustainability and wellbeing within this sector. One of these insightful occasions came when I was invited to sit in on a workshop given by Elina Grigoriou to a group of young people from the Construction Youth Trust (CYT).

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RICS Spons Electrical & Mechanical book includes SKA Rating

RICS Spons Electrical & Mechanical book includes SKA Rating

A page, in the recent 2015 edition of the RICS mechanical and electrical manual, is devoted to SKA Rating and its product label. RICS have mentioned key developments of SKA Rating, including: Volume certification for the retail scheme allowing clients to assess fit-out activity across their branches; the SKA tool for Higher Education which assists in the assessment of laboratories, lecture spaces and other facilities; and the SKA Product Label which provides a directory for products and materials that are proven to be SKA compliant.

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Feeling Good 2: The Science and Economics of Wellbeing in Interiors

Feeling Good 2: The Science and Economics of Wellbeing in Interiors

The Feeling Good series examines how a growing body of scientific research can add value to the interiors industry, promote human wellbeing and have a positive effect on the client’s finances.

Evidence Based Design (EBD), now well accepted in healthcare architecture, analyses how a well conceived physical environment can promote wellbeing. Every party within the interiors industry has an opportunity now to implement this research and provide long term benefits for the end-users. By applying EBD to places of work, schools and homes, the industry has the chance to increase and sustain wellbeing for all.

 

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Interview with Elina at Portfolio FM conference in Budapest

Interview with Elina at Portfolio FM conference in Budapest

What is SKA rating and what does ‘SKA’ stand for? SKA rating is a name, not an abbreviation. It is short for Skansen, a fit-out company which initially funded the first pilots with Faber Maunsell at the time and the RICS was doing the research to support the project. They invested a lot just to develop the initial philosophy, which they called SKA.

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World Green Building Council – Research Notes

World Green Building Council - Research Notes

In the past few years Grigoriou Interiors has been part of a concerted effort amongst sustainability professionals to present and define ways in which we, as designers, can inform our decisions in the office environment. How do we go about quantifying and presenting a business case for promoting wellbeing of occupants in office environments? What aspects of design should we be aware of? How do they affect our productivity and happiness at work? These questions have long posed a challenge in our field of design consultancy.

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