Better Places for People

Better Places for People is the World Green Building Council’s global campaign that aims to create a world in which buildings support healthier and happier lives for those who occupy them.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of how buildings impact upon health and wellbeing, and encourage those who design, build, own, occupy, operate or sell them, to shape buildings for the benefit of people.

Building upon evidence linking office design with health and wellbeing outcomes for employees, the campaign focuses on a range of building types including retail stores, offices and residential buildings.

But it moves beyond simply linking design and outcomes. By demonstrating how maximising health and wellbeing in buildings presents a win-win for both business and the environment, Better Places for People aims to drive real, on-the-ground action and increase the uptake of greener, healthier buildings.

The Better Places for People microsite is the main home for the campaign. It features a range of resources from reports and toolkits to presentations and blogs, details on events, and more information on the campaign. Visit betterplacesforpeople.org


Better Places for People follows on from WorldGBC's well-received 2014 report Heath, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices. That report included a range of evidence linking office design and the health and wellbeing of employees.  More research has emerged since, including a study by United Technologies (and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Health, the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University) called The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function. Click here to read the report.