Sustainability — it’s about time

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BestBobFrom Bob Best
Executive Vice President

 

 

We have been wasting our time…literally.

While everyone has been connecting sustainable workspace with energy savings and improved recycling, we have missed the biggest impact of all. Time.

Research into sustainable workspace and its impact on worker productivity has been going on for years, but it’s finally coalescing into a concept that will fuel the next leap forward for green office space. The impact of such things as day-lighting, temperature control and indoor air quality on worker productivity may have economic impacts – as much as 100 times greater than energy savings.

Veolia office interiors, designed to LEED certification standards

Veolia office interior at 53 State Street Boston. Designed to LEED standards, the general contractor was Jones Lang LaSalle Construction.

A 2003 study by the Heschong Mahone Group shows that giving office workers access to windows boosts the speed of workers in call centers by 6-10%. Or it improves the performance of office workers on mental acuity tests by 10-25%.

A 2010 study from Michigan State University compared employees moving from a conventional office building to  “green” office buildings, and calculated a 2.6% productivity improvement among the employees who participated in the study. While it sounds like a modest gain, the impact of 2.6% of total employee compensation has an enormous effect on the bottom line.

There is more research every day showing the same impacts.

It seems a workplace that is green is also more productive. And far more profitable too.

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