You’ve probably already encounter and have read a few researches about the positive effects green buildings do to its occupants. But what really does the national study has to say about green buildings? Do they really improve the quality of employees’ lives or it’s just another fake catch? In this article, you are going to find out more about what green buildings have in store for its occupants.
The national study together with the expert researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of SUNY Upstate Medical and Public Health’s Center for Health and Global Environment (CHGE) have positively indicated that high performing, LEED certified buildings can indeed contribute in improving the decision-making skills of the employees. In addition to that, these green facade innovations can enhance the building’s occupants’ cognitive abilities as well.
What are the positive effects of green buildings to the employees’ wellness?
The studies have indicated the key to feeling better, sleeping better, performing better, and working better has something to do with the buildings’ design, operation, maintainance, and functionality.
The researchers have observed and looked at 10 (ten) high-performing green buildings across the United States. One of the buildings being observed and included in the research is Harvard’s double LEED Platinum Blackstone South building. The team have collaborated with the Harvard Real Estate and Office of Sustainability (OFS) to use the “living laboratory” to closely observe and study the relationship between the occupants’ productivity and the building’s conditions.
Improves wellness. The findings positively indicated that there’s an improvement in terms of the employees’ wellness level while performing in green buildings compared to workers who work in traditional buildings. The employees that work in green establishments have scored 26% higher on various cognitive tests compared to workers who work under heavily-glazed buildings. The green building employees also have 30% fewer symptoms of sick building syndrome.
Improves sleeping pattern. The study also indicated that green building employees have 6% better sleep quality score compared to workers who work in non-LEED certified buildings. Green buildings are associated with better and improved sleep quality at night, which helps the employees to have sharper cognitive performance the following day.
The research shows the positive impact of natural daylight on the circadian rhythm in the employees’ sleeping pattern. The circadian rhythm refers to the bigger contrast in nighttime and daytime light exposures. The rhythm is responsible in regulating the release of melatonin, which is responsible for inducing sleep.
One of the most commendable features of green buildings is the thermal break design and performance. The better the thermal performance, the better the air ventilation inside the building will be. At FreMarq Frame™, we adapt at the latest technology research to improve the thermal design and performance of every building we frame. As one of the top leading architectural industries, we make sure our installations are patented with up-to-date technologies.