Cooperation across SHOK boundaries benefits all

Cooperation across SHOK boundaries benefits all

Efforts are underway to make cooperation between SHOK’s more efficient. The joint event of RYM Oy’s Indoor Environment Program and CLEEN Oy’s MMEA Program in Otaniemi in November showed that the parties have many things in common and all can benefit from them.

– The programs have many common elements. As both programs will end in 2015, we deemed this a suitable time to present results and disseminate information about them, says Program Manager of the IE Program, Lauri Paronen of BoostBrothers Oy.

The MMEA research program of CLEEN Oy studies the measurement and measuring equipment and methods related to the built environment and creates associated products and services. While MMEA focuses especially on measuring the performance values of spaces and buildings, the IE program concentrates on the indoor environment and improving its quality.

At the joint event both programs presented five results they considered important. The IE Program, for example, introduced ROA (Real Option Analysis) and research into a real-time user satisfaction measurement method led by Schneider. MMEA presented solutions related to the collection and utilization of measured data and shared experiences of entering the Chinese markets. Markku Rajala of Pegasor Oy encouraged everybody interested in selling to China to contact them.

Synergies inspire research cooperation

When SHOK programs were launched in the latter half of the last decade, cooperation between them was not a central issue. Demands for closer cooperation increased particularly after the intermediate review two years ago. The synergies have, however, been evident even without urging from above.

– In principle, there is no obstacle for a company to participate even in research programs of several SHOK consortia if its goals are clear and it has sufficient resources. In the future this kind of cooperation may easily become a key objective of some program, Paronen believes.

– The built environment is by nature a highly networked ecosystem with numerous actors. No matter how good a ventilation system we create, it must be compatible with all other systems of a building and the laws and standards of society, said researcher Karoliina Rajakallio of Aalto University.

In the case of an ecosystem like this, the ability to cooperate closely is often decisive: – There can be no business without measureable, verifiable added value. We must see our business in context with the ecosystem where added value is created together. Optimization must be assessed against this background, not only from our own perspective, Rajakallio emphasized.