Thermal comfort has a significant impact on workplace satisfaction says report
The health, well-being and productivity of employees is significantly impacted by office design says a new report from the World Green Building Council. The 46-page report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building reveals that factors such as indoor air quality, lighting, access to windows and layout, do have a noticeable impact on the health, satisfaction and performance of workers.
Findings from the World Green Building Council report suggest that low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants along with high ventilation rates help create better indoor air quality and lead to improved productivity of up to 11 percent. Complementing this finding, the research shows that thermal comfort has a significant impact on workplace satisfaction.
Additional findings from the report include:
- Adequate lighting and views of nature can lead to gains in productivity
- Noise is an unwanted distraction which can be a major cause of dissatisfaction amongst occupants
- The way the interior of an office is configured has been found to have an impact on concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity
- Accessibility to services and amenities such as gyms, bike lockers and green spaces can help encourage occupants to lead a healthier, and more satisfied, lifestyle
Architects can look to design modern commercial designs that address the findings within the report by using the latest design principles as well as modern building materials like spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation addresses three of the key findings from the report.