For Health

THE COGfx STUDY – GLOBAL BUILDINGS

FOR HEALTH

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or manager?

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About the Study

Our goal is to improve the lives of all people, in all buildings, everywhere, every day. The COGfx Study 3 - Global Buildings aims to study buildings all over the world to determine the building factors that influence health, wellbeing, and productivity. We believe that this information will help building managers, designers, architects, and developers create healthy work environments. If your building is participating in the study, we invite you to join the first ever buildings cohort.

For Health App

This study will be the first to use the For Health App, an app for your mobile phone that makes participating the study simple. If you participate in the study, the For Health App will guide you through all aspects of the study. In particular, it will:

  • help you set up your environmental sensor and wearable device
  • provide a dashboard to summarize your exercise, heart rate and sleep and the environmental conditions at your workstation
  • notify you when you have surveys to complete
  • track your progress so that you get compensated for your participation

FAQ

What will I be doing as part of the study?

Using your smart phone, you will be pinged periodically with surveys or cognitive tests to complete. The surveys will range in length, from as short as 1 minute to as long 15 minutes. These surveys and tests will become available to you on the For Health App. If you are busy when notified of a new survey, you will be able to complete the survey at a later date.

You will also be provided an indoor environmental sensor to leave at your desk and a Fitbit wristwatch that will track your sleep and activity. The data from these devices will be shown on the dashboard in the For Health App.

How long will the study take?

As a participant, you will complete approximately 7 hours of surveys and cognitive tests. These surveys and tests will be spread out over the course of 2 years in four, 3 month-long sections. In total, you will use the wearable device and be provided questions on the App for one year total.

How will my data be used?

This research aims to investigate how buildings influence the occupants inside them. The data collected in this study will be used to research how specific building factors impact occupant health and wellbeing.

Your individual data will be linked to your ID number to maintain confidentiality and will never be shared outside of the study team. Only aggregated data will be shared with collaborators or made public.

How do I get started?

It’s as simple as clicking the join now button at the top of this page! Once you do, you will be asked to answer several questions to confirm that you are eligible to participate in the study. If you are eligible, you will receive a sensor package from your building or office manager which will provide more information on how to get started.

Have any other questions?

Contact the study team at forhealth@hsph.harvard.edu

Meet the Team

Joseph Allen, DSC, MPH, CIH

Principal Investigator

Usha Satish, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

John Spengler, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Piers MacNaughton, ScD

Project Manager

Memo Cedeno Laurent, ScD

Project Manager

RELEVANT RESEARCH

COGfx Study 1

Indoor Environmental Quality

COGfx Study 2

Buildingomics