The BALANCED Space Audit is our core consultancy service. BALANCED is a checklist tool used to assess and advance overall space performance, as well as well-being, productivity, and sustainable behaviour outcomes.
The BALANCED Audit evaluates factors linked to well-being and productivity in general, as well as those specific to the functions, people, and needs of your organization. BALANCED provides a framework for assessing these key physical, functional, and psychological factors, and using them to enable your organisation to reach its full potential:
B BIOPHILIA: Through use of natural elements, materials, views, & patterns
A ATMOSPHERE: Light quailty, air quality, temperature, & smell
L LAYOUT: Space utilisation & allocation, wayfinding, & circulation
A AMENITIES: Supporting good nutrition, fitness, ergonomics, & rest
N NOISE: Identifying disturbing noise levels, friction points, & design flaws
C COHESION: Overall space management, communication, & control factors
E ENERGY: Integration of strategies to reduce use of energy, resources, & waste
D DESIGN: Colour, shape, proportions, style, & feel
For maximum impact, a BALANCED Audit should be conducted at the ‘pre-occupancy evaluation’ stage: before an organization begins the process of retrofitting their space, moving premises, or designing anew. But a BALANCED Audit can also be used to assess and improve space performance as a post-occupancy evaluation, or at the design strategy and design review stages. The space audit employs a combination of the following assessment measures depending on the design stage and project scale:
- Space & people performance surveys
- Space utlisation assessment
- Stakeholder interviews
The BALANCED Space Audit is based on a wide canon of academic evidence from the fields of environmental psychology, well-being, and behaviour change. Its components have been informed by the latest research and standards established by groups such as the WELL Building Institute, Living Building Challenge, Office of National Statistics, Feeling Good Foundation, and UK Green Building Council. And lastly, grounded in design principles substantiated through the work of human-centred architects such as Christopher Alexander and Jan Gehl, and our own experience in evidence-based design.
Past Space Audit clients have included The Calthorpe Project, Renaisi, and Happy Ltd.