Green Buildings and Health/Productivity

In September 2010, a study was published in the American Journal of Public Health called “Effects of Green Buildings on Employee Health and Productivity”.  The study was conducted by researchers at the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University.  They investigated the effects of improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on perceived health and productivity in occupants who moved from conventional buildings to green office buildings (based on LEED ratings). They found that improved IEQ contributed to reductions in perceived absenteeism and work hours affected, and to self-reported improvements in productivity. The conclusion to the preliminary findings is that green buildings may positively affect public health.

 The study focused on absenteeism attributed to asthma and allergies, work hours affected by asthma and allergies, and work hours affected by depression and stress.  Data was collected through pre- and post-move surveys.  The end result was a productivity improvement of 2.6 percent averaged across all occupants.  The researchers intend to continue collecting data to capture different seasons, and to see if any perceived benefit that is just excitement over a new building causes the results to change over time.

 The article can be accessed here:

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/9/1665

 Or for Moseley employees a copy has been saved in LEED Resources in this subfolder:

 M:\LeedResources\Files for Public Use\Reports and Studies

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