Doing Right By People and Planet


The World Green Building Council has released a new report entitled Doing Right By People and Planet: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building. This publication highlights 11 case studies from around the world that exemplify how health and wellbeing building features can “save your company  money, make your employees feel healthier and more productive, and bring a positive return on your investment  in a green and healthy space.”

Example ‘take-away’ research points include:

  • “Cundall’s new office [WELL Certified Gold], which focused on improved indoor air quality, including continuous monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), has saved the company £200,000 due to a reduction of four sick days per year per employee and a 27% reduction in staff turnover.”
  • “ASID’s new office headquarters [WELL Certified Platinum] was designed for environmental sustainability, and health and wellness, with a focus on indoor air quality, employee satisfaction, and productivity. In their new office, employee absenteeism has decreased by 19% and presenteeism by 16%.”
  • “Landsec’s new London workplace [WELL Certified Silver] prioritizes in-person collaboration, health and wellbeing, and indoor environmental quality within a green building. The percentage of employees feeling that the space allows them to work productively rose by 30% after occupying the new space. This high level of project and employee performance was realized with a less than 3% increase in project cost.”
  • “ARUP’s office fit-out [WELL Certified Gold] in an existing building is pursuing multiple green building certifications and is achieving a 12.6% energy cost reduction compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Use of circadian lighting in particular has contributed to reduced energy consumption and increased occupant satisfaction.” (World Green Building Council, 2018)

Read the full press release here.

Read the full report here.