Health and Productivity in Sustainable Buildings

Thursday 18th June 2015

Published by BuroHappold

This white paper aims to encourage companies to explore the real influence buildings have on employees that work in them by introducing a global methodology that Polish businesses can use. The project is supported by the Polish Ministry of Economy, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the Polish Green Building Council.

The paper is specifically aimed at investors, business leaders, tenants and real estate agents and includes crucial information concerning the influence of sustainable buildings on the health and efficiency of employees. It looks at the benefits of implementing green solutions, such as a decrease in absenteeism and staff turnover which, in turn, lead to an increase in efficiency. In the long term, these factors can have a significant impact on a company’s financial results. The paper ends with a list of significant engineering considerations that tenants and investors should focus on when designing office space. Among them are factors such as thermal comfort, noise, acoustics and a building’s internal configuration.

BuroHappold, the project leader, created a technical working party consisting of representatives from Colliers International, Philips Lighting, Halton Oy, Ecophon Saint-Gobain and Skanska Property Poland. The group comprises a range of specialists from areas as engineering, architecture, acoustics, LEED and BREEAM certification as well as HR and marketing.