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Green Building Features Support Worker Wellbeing and Productivity

SINGAPORE LONDON CHICAGO July 13, 2011

Global Sustainability Perspective

http://www.joneslanglasalle.com/Pages/Global-Property-Sustainability-Perspective.aspx

Dan Probst

In the Global Sustainability Perspective, Jones Lang LaSalle recommends a range of strategies for building managers and corporations to create office environments that promote the wellbeing and health of occupants:

Indoor air quality

  • Allow individual control of indoor air quality levels and ventilation
  • Avoid placing printers and copiers near work stations to minimize toner dust pollution
  • Use chemical-free cleaning supplies
  • Install low emission wall and floor coverings
  • Provide air quality monitoring

Lighting

  • Provide workers with effective controls such as task lighting, blinds and shades to reduce solar glare
  • Design space layouts to maximize penetration of natural light into work spaces
  • Avoid glare on computer screens from lighting and from office windows

Thermal comfort

  • Give workers individual control over workstation temperature, if possible
  • Periodically monitor temperature levels

Access to outside views and external space

  • Design open-plan workplace layouts to maximize access to outside views
  • Provide access for staff to external space for use as break out and collaboration space, where possible

Acoustics

  • Monitor noise levels of printers and copiers
  • Provide separate work areas to accommodate various noise levels, such as quiet areas, meeting rooms, and lounges

Ergonomics

  • Educate employees on proper ergonomic practices
  • Provide equipment that reduce musculoskeletal disorders

"It may be impossible to know exactly how a specific feature in a workplace will affect the productivity of workers in that space, but we do know that many strategies to make buildings more sustainable also enhance occupant wellbeing and promote health, and those factors lead to higher productivity," Probst said.

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