The World Green Building Council recently published a report on the “Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building”
The World Green Building Council recently published a report on the “Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building” featuring case studies demonstrating the major benefits which can be made to both people and the planet just by changing up an office environment.
Buildings are the place where people work, live, play, heal and learn and they have a direct impact on our health and wellbeing. What many people don’t know, is that buildings also have the largest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions which would contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The report by The World Green Building Council therefore explores the dual opportunity to do right by the planet and people by showcasing revolutionary green building projects which are paving the way to a resource efficient, healthy and productive future.
The report features case studies from 11 different green building projects in business environments from all over the globe. Each case study features a review of the green features that were implemented into the building and a study on the occupant satisfaction post instalment. The green features are divided into categories such as Indoor Air Quality, Acoustics, Lighting and Materials and the top three benefits found overall were:
- Reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
- Improvements to occupant wellbeing, satisfaction and productivity.
- Strong financial returns for the companies owning or occupying these buildings.
Indoor air quality was a “green feature” discussed in almost every case study. Ventilation, VOC friendly building materials and CO2 sensors were all things featured in the green build improvements and for example in the Sherwin-Williams office refurbishment in San Salvador, El Salvador a 64% reduction in allergy problems and a 68% reduction in respiratory problems was reported post refurbishment.
The results from the 11 case study projects in this report make a great case for the enormous benefits which can be made from advances in the green building world, driven by clear evidence of economic as well as environmental and social benefit.