The health and productivity benefits of sustainable office buildings are to be explored in a new study backed by Lend Lease and Skanska.
The study, launched by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) at Ecobuild this week, will seek to define and robustly measure health and productivity outcomes from green office buildings, and attach financial value to them.
WGBC’s project, which is being backed by Skanska and Lend Lease as well as property giant Jones Lang LaSalle, aims to establish a common way of capturing these benefits, and to provide best practice guidance on the type of green building features - such as daylighting, ventilation and indoor office environments - that enhance them.
This can then be used to create a toolkit for office owners and occupiers to use and better inform investment decisions.
Sick days, employee turnover and staff surveys are all likely to be investigated as potential ways of standardising the measurement of health and productivity of staff in their workplace.
The topic is rising up the estate sector’s agenda as organisations begin to understand the business benefits of greener, healthier buildings.
The WGBC said that with 85% of a company’s costs spent on salaries and benefits, even modest improvements to staff health and productivity can have a dramatic impact on organisational profitability.