Bringing sustainability to interior design

Bringing sustainability to interior design


One thing people could get smarter faster about
is using buildings to improve human performance by making people the focus of
design and construction decisions. We all realize the outdoor
environment can impact our health. But buildings, and everything
in them, can as well. Incorporating scientifically-proven
building features, such as those in the WELL Rating
System, can make our buildings into healthcare intervention
tools and help people thrive. North Americans, on average, spend
90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air is generally two to five times more
toxic than outside air due to poor ventilation and off-gassing of toxic chemicals in
our furniture, paints, and carpets. Addressing occupant health can
reduce the largest line item in the associated 30-year costs
of a building – the personnel. And since 90 percent of corporate
expenses are tied to salary and benefits, the ROI of healthier employees has an
immediate impact on the bottom line. We’re beginning to understand
the potential for buildings to actively promote health and wellness. It matters, because a better
physical environment in corporate offices means improved
productivity, fewer sick days, higher engagement, and overall better
health for 100 percent of the employees.

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