1 May 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A World Green Building Council report is urging businesses to make green improvements by highlighting the economic benefits of green building and showcasing improved occupant satisfaction when health, well-being and productivity features are implemented in existing green structures.
Its latest report, Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building, examines case studies of 11 facilities around the globe that have one or more green certifications including LEED, Green Star and BREEAM.
The report evaluates health and well-being features that were integrated into the facilities, such as enhanced fresh air ventilation, acoustic privacy, increase of daylight penetration and use of biophilic design elements such as green walls and extensive indoor plants.
After adding health and well-being features into green-certified buildings, companies found that employee absenteeism fell, operating costs were minimised, and employees felt healthier and more productive.