Article Points to Non-Environmental Benefits of Green Buildings
The first and foremost aim of green building standards is to reduce environmental impact, but recent reporting indicates that green buildings may also help increase productivity and promote better health. The article credits increased natural ventilation and daylight exposure modifications with driving worker output and improving employees’ overall well-being.
Studies suggest that green building and retrofitting can significantly contribute to reductions in sick leave, headaches, fatigue and can even boost typing speed and accuracy. However, results have varied and are not yet conclusive.
It will doubtless take years to definitively prove a correlation between green building standards like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) and worker productivity. One thing is certain, however: meeting green standards substantially increases real estate value and demand for sustainable buildings is showing no signs of slowing its rapid growth. Read the full article here.