Written by Rebecca Pearce
CBRE EMEA Head of Sustainability
Most employers would agree that a healthy, happy and productive workforce is a vital component of a successful business. This is especially true for office based businesses, where staff costs typically account for 85% of total operating costs.
CBRE has recently contributed to a World Green Building Council report “Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building” (HWPO). The global report looks at the strategies that can be employed in office building design and management to optimise human health, wellbeing and productivity. It looks at how these strategies can be utilised, and measured, to reduce energy consumption and resource in the workplace.
The HWPO report focuses on offices, however, does draw evidence from other property types including health and education establishments. The key factors which contribute to a healthy and productive workplace include:
- Indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort – low CO2 concentrations and high ventilation rates
- Thermal comfort – consideration of temperature ranges and local airflows
- Quality lighting and access to natural light
- Biophilia – views to and physical links with nature
- Noise – controlling distraction from inside and outside the workspace
- Interior layout, look and feel – workstation density and configuration to encourage collaboration
- Active design and exercise – from open stairs to the availability of change facilities to encourage physical activity
- Amenities and location – proximity to public transport and services e.g. retail, food and childcare
Read the full report here