Green buildings have an impact on the health and safety of your employees and customers. Studies confirm that employees who work in buildings designed to meet sustainable standards are healthier and happier. This manifests itself in fewer sick days, better motivation, and higher quality work.
Green buildings typically have the following features that result in a healthier, more motivated work force:
- Natural day lighting and views
- Non toxic materials, paints, sealants, and glues
- Connection to local community
- Good (natural) ventilation
- More outdoor open space
- Greater thermal comfort
- Individual lighting and temperature controls
A 2005 study performed by the Center for the Built Environment (University of California, Berkeley) evaluating the human impact upon staff working at a LEED platinum rated building (the highest green building rating) found the following:
- About 80% of the occupants experienced high levels of morale, well being and sense of belonging at work.
- Occupants had a strong sense of pride in the building: 97% of survey respondents said they were proud to show the office to visitors.
- Psychological benefits included a sense of pride in the values conveyed by the building, a more positive overall workplace experience, and a strong connection to the natural environment.
- Social benefits included improved communication and sense of belonging as well as feelings of being treated in an egalitarian manner, especially regarding access to benefits of daylight and views.