Last edited 19 Dec 2020

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Health and productivity in sustainable buildings

In June 2015, the Construction Marketing Group (CMG) published, a white paper, 'Health and Productivity in Sustainable Buildings', part of a research project on sustainable buildings in Poland. The project was initiated by --Buro Happold Engineering and builds on a report 'Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices' published by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) in 2014.

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The purpose of the White Paper was to '…encourage businesses to investigate the real impact their buildings have on their people.'

It aims to raise business awareness of the positive impact of sustainable buildings and the possible financial benefits. It is intended for investors, business leaders, tenants and real estate agents.

The project consisted of two phases.

The first phase analysed market perceptions of sustainable buildings. The second phase attempted to answer the following questions:

The main conclusions of the paper were that:

Ian Booth, partner at Buro Happold said, “This is a ground breaking moment for the Polish market and the first time that such a large group of experts from numerous organisations has been engaged in verifying a global methodology regarding the influence buildings have on their users. Members of the technical committee analysed and defined the issue, underlining the fact that there is a global solution that can be successfully applied to the Polish market.”

Katarzyna Chwalbiska-Kusek, marketing and business development manager, Buro Happold said, “On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors, so interior environments have a great influence on both our health and wellbeing. Modern, sustainable offices are equipped with numerous solutions reducing negative effects, for example, by applying better ventilation systems, ensuring better access to natural daylight and creating relaxation zones. Our aim is to encourage the market to conduct integrated research that will help reflect the real influence of sustainable buildings on employees' health and productivity.”

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