Expanding upon the trail-blazing work in the offices sector, the Better Places for People campaign has created a concise yet informative report entitled Health, Wellbeing, and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit.
The construction and operation of buildings has a huge impact on resource use and the natural world, and therefore, green building represents a great opportunity to positively address environmental challenges such as climate change.
However, buildings are fundamentally for people. They should enhance our quality of life, whether at home or at work, or engaged in other activities – including leisure and retail. In fact, we would argue that a building is not truly “green” if it does not work for people.
One of the reasons that buildings are so intrinsically linked to our quality of life is the impact they have on our health and wellbeing, which in turn can influence our productivity in a commercial or work setting.
This is a topic which has well and truly risen up the agenda for the construction and real estate sector in recent years and might be seen as part of a welcome trend to put “the user” back at the heart of building design and operation. However, there is more to it than this.
The WorldGBC has demonstrated that low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings can enhance the health, wellbeing and productivity of building users. That is a very strong element of the business case for green buildings.