Grady, Sue C.
American Journal of Public Health; Sep2010, Vol. 100 Issue 9, p1665-1668, 4p, 1 Diagram, 1 Chart
*CONSTRUCTION industry — Environmental aspects
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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