WHEN I THINK BACK TO THE 1990S AND EARLY 2000S IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTION IN GREEN BUILDINGS. TODAY, THERE’S A NEW REVOLUTION AFOOT. WELLNESS IN BUILDINGS IS THE NEW GREEN. THE GREEN REVOLUTION WAS ALL ABOUT OPTIMISING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING AND MAKING IT AS ENERGY-EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.
Today’s push towards ‘Building wellness’ takes into account the human aspect. It aims to create a positive place to live and work, one that makes people happier, healthier and more productive. A study in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2016 directly quantified the impact of indoor environmental quality on cognitive function.
By changing levels of ventilation, carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds, the study measured how the indoor environment in which we work and live affects us. On average, cognitive scores were 61% higher in the Green building and 101% higher in the Wellness Building than in the conventional building.