A reduction in sick days, an improvement in productivity and increased collaboration between workers are among some of the key business benefits that are being realised through ‘healthy’ and ‘green’ office design and operation.
Investment in green, healthy buildings is also a smart business move for building developers and owners as it can have a positive impact on property values and attract premium rents, according to a ground-breaking new report released by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) this week.
WorldGBC chief executive Terri Wills said: “While our earlier work presented the overwhelming evidence between office design and improved health and wellbeing of workers, this report breaks new ground by demonstrating tangible action businesses are taking to improve their workspaces.
“The results are clear – putting both health and workplace wellbeing, and the environment, at the heart of buildings, is a no brainer for businesses’ employees and the bottom line.”
The 50-page report, titled ‘Building the Business Case’ showcases 15 buildings from around the world that are leading the way in green building design through the likes of improved air quality, increased natural light and the introduction of greenery to create stronger connections between workers and the natural environment. These simple steps, the WorldGBC says, can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line by improving employee productivity and reducing absenteeism, staff turnover and medical costs.
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