Jul - Aug 2018
The business case for health and well-being in Green building
August 28, 2018
In conjunction with Earth Day 2018, the World Green Building Council’s report Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building urges companies to make ecological improvements. It highlights tangible economic benefits of Green building and showcases improved occupant satisfaction when firms implement new health, well-being and productivity features in existing Green structures.
The report examined case studies of 11 facilities worldwide that have one or more Green certifications including LEED, Green Star and BREEAM. It evaluated health and well-being features that were integrated into these facilities, such as enhanced fresh air ventilation, acoustic privacy, increased daylight penetration and use of biophilic design elements such as green walls and extensive indoor plants. After adding these features into Green-certified buildings, companies found that employee absenteeism was reduced, operating costs were minimised, and employees felt healthier and more productive.