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Health increasingly a priority in design plans says new report

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Health becoming increasingly important in commercial design

A new comprehensive report from McGraw Hill Construction has identified that building professionals are placing increasing focus on the health of occupants in their design and construction plans. The report titled The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity, identifies more than 70% of commercial architects and residential interior designers, more than 60% of nonresidential owners and residential architects, and more than 50% of contractors and home builders see health as having a high impact on their decisions by 2016.

The report also identifies that enhanced moisture control, improved drainage of roof, wall and/or foundation and design for daylighting have become standardized practice for a large number of architects (more than 80%).

Additional points of interest that came out of the research paper showed that:

  • 66% of owners report improved employee satisfaction and engagement, the most successfully measured metric included in the survey.
  • 47% of owners report healthcare costs reductions but most of the rest (52%) don’t know specific impacts.
  • 21% report higher employee productivity, but a high percentage of the rest (56%) don’t know the specific impacts.

Interested in learning more? Download the report from McGraw Hill Construction here for free.

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