>Effects of Green Buildings on Employee Health and Productivity – abstract

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized




Singh, Amanjeet
Syal, Matt
Grady, Sue C.
Korkmaz, Sinem


American Journal of Public Health; Sep2010, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p1665-1668, 4p, 1 Diagram, 1 Chart

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Subject Terms:

*SUSTAINABLE buildings
*SUSTAINABLE development
*SUSTAINABLE architecture
*CONSTRUCTION industry — Environmental aspects
*EMPLOYEE motivation

NAICS/Industry Codes:

926110 Administration of General Economic Programs


We investigated the effects of improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on perceived health and productivity in occupants who moved from conventional to green (according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings) office buildings. In 2 retrospective–prospective case studies we found that improved IEQ contributed to reductions in perceived absenteeism and work hours affected by asthma, respiratory allergies, depression, and stress and to self-reported improvements in productivity. These preliminary findings indicate that green buildings may positively affect public health. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


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