According to the research conducted by Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture ‘green buildings’ are not only good for the environment but they also have benefits for the people who work inside them.
Institute Director, Professor George Earl and Senior Research Assistant, Ann Murugan, conducted a study that compared satisfaction and health amongst staff working in ‘green and non-green’ office buildings. In their study, the term ‘green building’ was used to refer to buildings which had a Green Star certification in accordance with the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system (www.gbca.org.au). These buildings were constructed from recycled, non-toxic and environmentally friendly materials. They also used fewer construction materials and materials which tended to be recyclable themselves, making them easier to re-use at the end of their life-cycle. In addition, the ‘green’ office buildings consumed less energy and water during operation and were more sympathetic to the surrounding environment during the building procedure.
Interestingly, the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture found that these buildings were not just better for the environment but also for the employees who worked inside them. They conducted a survey that questioned 351 people working in 10 green offices and 159 people working in 11 non-green office buildings. The findings of their study indicated that the ‘green offices’ outdid the ‘non-green offices’ in all aspects of satisfaction.
Senior Researcher, Ann Murugan, highlights that their study showcases that the use of smart design and environmentally friendly materials can create spaces that are beneficial to employee comfort and can therefore result in decreased instances of ill-heath, increased moral and increased staff-productivity by eliminating negative aspects within the working environment.
The findings of the study provide evidence for the benefits of incorporating green building elements into future projects. The environments created by ‘green buildings’ are not only beneficial for our planet but also appear to bring significant benefits to the people working inside them.
What are your thoughts on this research?
For further information please visit Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture
Besser Grün Arbeiten
Wer sich in seiner Umgebung wohlfühlt, ist produktiver und gesünder. Dass das nicht nur von der Arbeit an sich abhängt, haben australische Forscher der Bond University untersucht.
Nicht nur wie, sondern auch woraus Gebäude bestehen, entscheidet über unser Wohlbefinden. Das Team rund Prof. George Earl verglich Gesundheit und Zufriedenheit von Angestellten, die in normalen Bürogebäuden arbeiten mit jenen, die in sogenannten Green Buildings arbeiten. Unter diese Kategorie fallen in Australien Gebäude aus recycelten, umweltfreundlichen und energiesparenden Materialien. Neben den augenscheinlichen Vorteilen für die Umwelt, scheint diese Bauweise sich auch positiv auf die Menschen auswirken.
In ,,grünen‘‘ Büros waren die Angestellten durchwegs zufriedener und motivierter. Kein schlechter Grund an eine alternative Bauweise zu denken.