The CogFx Study – Indoor Environmental Quality
Research Body / Publisher
Joseph G. Allen, Piers MacNaughton, Usha Satish, Suresh Santanam, Jose Vallarino, and John D. Spengler
The indoor built environment plays a critical role in our overall well-being because of both the amount of time we spend indoors (~90%) and the ability of buildings to positively or negatively influence our health. The advent of sustainable design or green building strategies reinvigorated questions regarding the specific factors in buildings that lead to optimized conditions for health and productivity.
A plethora of evidence for buildings and human health impacts.
“Building Evidence for Health” is a collection of 2-page curations of the scientific literature on key topics related to buildings and health created by a multidisciplinary team of experts from the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We started with the “9 Foundations of a Healthy Building” and will be adding additional “Building Evidence for Health” summaries.
Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices
Here's what kicked it all off for us
UK Green Building Council / World Green Building Council
Street AddressIt has long been considered the ultimate yet seemingly out of reach test of the business case for green building: if the human benefits of green building could be reliably quantified this would prove beyond all doubt the ROI for investing in building green. After all, staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90% of business operating costs. Therefore what may appear a modest improvement in employee health or productivity, can have a huge financial implication for employers – one that is many times larger than any other financial savings associated with an efficiently designed and operated building.