A report released by the World Green Building Council aims to establish a tangible monetary link between sustainably built office buildings and worker health and productivity.
The report takes into account hundreds of academic and industry studies covering a range of office building design features. In one example, the report shows that indoor air-quality improvements may boost productivity 8% to 11%.
The report may be oversimplifying, some caution; sustainable design strategies alone may not necessarily translate into better worker health and productivity.
Making any building a little greener isn't a bad thing, however, and if employees can reap quantifiable benefits of an employer's investment in sustainability, then all the better.
Check out a Q&A from SWS' May 2014 issue about incorporating green infrastructure into municipal and commercial buildings, and let us know at [email protected] whether any green elements at your utility or office have had a positive effect on you.