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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices

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Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices

 

This report, released by World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People campaign, highlights the global momentum behind healthy and green office design and operation, and showcases over 15 buildings that are leading the way. Simple steps like improving air quality, increasing natural light and introducing greenery - those which typically have environmental benefits such as using less energy – can also have a dramatic impact on the bottom line by improving employee productivity and reducing absenteeism, staff turnover and medical costs. 

 

The report identifies eight features that create healthier and greener offices:

 

  • Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation – a green well-ventilated office can double cognitive scores in workers.
  • Thermal Comfort – staff performance can fall 6% if offices are too hot and 4% if they too cold.
  • Daylighting and Lighting– a study found workers in offices with windows got 46 minutes more sleep a night than workers without them.
  • Noise and Acoustics – 66% drop in performance and concentration resulting from distracting noise.
  • Interior Layout and Active Design – flexible workspaces helps staff feel more in control of their workload and engenders loyalty.
  • Biophilia and Views – 7-12% improvement in processing time at one call centre when staff had a view of nature.
  • Look and Feel – visual appeal is a major factor in workplace satisfaction.
  • Location and Access to Amenities – €27m savings through cutting absenteeism as a result of Dutch cycle-to-work scheme.

For further information or to download the document, please visit WGBC's webpage at the link provided below.