On Thursday 22nd February The Centric Lab curated an evening with SageGlass on the topic of ‘Light & Cognition’ at the Saint Gobain Multi Comfort Centre on Great Portland Street in Central London.

The three speakers shared the common rhetoric that there is an inordinate amount of data becoming available to demonstrate how buildings impact our biology and how in turn that affects our abilities to perform tasks

When the future of work is on enhancing the human capital of staff, which make up to 90% of a company’s costs, methods to enable this are the future of building design and management. Human centric and task supportive real assets appreciate in value by constantly attracting and retaining the best talent and companies. Equally, real assets that do not support the health, productivity and sense of wellbeing in the modern world are depreciating in value - most evident in the number of post-war buildings being demolished.

The built environment industry emits 40% of green house gases. As banks start to lend morefavourably to “green” buildings, it is not unimaginable to see the next wave of permitted development to have evidence that the building is resilient to changing times and supports theneeds of people. If redundant after less than expected, should it be fair to say there is a penalty. We can only hypothesis, however we also live in a User Experience focused world and just as toxic chemicals have been removed from children toys, it is not far to see these rules and practices be adopted in the built environment industry.

The end result is a call out to the valuers in the real estate industry to build new metrics for valuing real estate, focusing how much a building contributes to an individuals health, productivity and sense of wellbeing.

The relationship between light and cognitive functions is complex however becoming more focused and applicable in profession. The evidence is mounting, and soon enough we may be in a position to qualify ideal light settings for people - what will happen to buildings that cannot respond to changes in demand and even law. In particular, this is where SageGlass aim to establish themselves in the market as offering a forward thinking product that’s adaptive to human needs. The Centric Lab support them in their R&D.

The evening's 3 speakers were:

  ARACELI CAMARGO    Lab Director    Centric Lab


Lab Director

Centric Lab

  ELOÏSE SOK    Concept Creator    SageGlass


Concept Creator


  MARK TYSON    Director, Property Management     Capita UK


Director, Property Management

Capita UK

For more questions on the individuals opinions on how we can progress the conversation of elevating user experience of the built environment, please contact them directly with the linked images above.



The Centric Lab are a neuroscience research lab for the built environment with a consulting arm for industry. In partnership with University College London they together bring world class facilities, academic and research talent, and scientific rigour to industry. Centric Lab help companies implement scientific findings into routine practice, elevating their processes and working to achieve better results.

SageGlass® is a revolutionary glass that dynamically controls sunlight to optimize daylight, maintain outdoor views and enhance occupant comfort by preventing heat gain and glare without the use of traditional shading systems. The global leader in electrochromic technology, SageGlass is backed by the expertise of Saint-Gobain — an international company with a 350-year legacy of developing innovative material solutions.

Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure work with public and private sector organisations to design, build and optimise their property and infrastructure assets. They provide a unique blend of services and expertise, working with our clients to transform and modernise their businesses, combining our experience in the built environment, infrastructure and management with ICT, business process re-engineering and outsourcing solutions to reduce costs and enhance services.