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Five Green Design Secrets of Best Places to Work
Executive Vice President,
Energy & Sustainability Services,
World Green Building Council and JLL
research finds that green offices
really do make a measurable difference in employee health, well-being
your office bringing you down, with depressing lighting, stuffy air,
too hot or too cold temperatures, no outdoor views and too much noise?
These office design elements not only make employees unhappy at work,
they also make them less productive, according to a new report released
at the Greenbuild
International Conference from the World Green
Building Council (WGBC) and JLL.
Employees have instinctively known for years that the physical features of an office can make them feel inspired, connected and energetic, or sluggish, isolated and less motivated. This new report demonstrates just how much physical office space can affect employee productivity.
The WGBC and JLL report, titled Health,
well-being and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green
building, unearths five secrets about how green offices create a
place to work:
The key for employers is to quantify the relationship between environmental sustainability and employee productivity though data-driven measurements, and then use that data to inform a company’s workplace strategy, CSR and business goals. This correlation can be measured through a JLL program and online tool called Green + Productive™ Workplace. JLL’s tool compiles scores for both sustainability and productivity measures in an office, which can pinpoint specific activities in need of improvement and establish a baseline to maximize the use of space, reduce natural-resource consumption, provide an efficient workplace and demonstrate proof of corporate social responsibility—meanwhile improving employee engagement, wellness and productivity.
The Health, well-being and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green building report is based on an exhaustive review of primary research reports, along with insights from more than 75 industry and academic experts representing myriad disciplines, sectors and locations. The report covers research relating to indoor air quality; thermal comfort; natural and artificial lighting; noise and acoustics; office layout; views and biophilia; office look and feel; building location and access to amenities. It also proposes a framework for measuring the financial, perceptual and physical impacts of green investments.
light in the offices of Kemira North America not only makes
employees happier, but it also leads to higher-quality sleep that, in
turn, boosts productivity. Source: JLL Project & Development
Services, Every Building Tells a Story
A leader in the real estate outsourcing field, JLL’s Corporate Solutions business helps corporations improve productivity in the cost, efficiency and performance of their national, regional or global real estate portfolios by creating outsourcing partnerships to manage and execute a range of corporate real estate services. This platform of transactions, lease administration, and project and facility management services is backed by expertise in consulting, workplace and portfolio strategy to provide an end-to-end service offering. This service delivery capability helps corporations improve business performance, particularly as companies turn to the outsourcing of their real estate activity as a way to manage expenses and enhance profitability.
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Bob Best directs energy and sustainability business operations – with responsibilities that include new business development, energy reduction programs, client sustainability efforts, performance metrics, operating standards and training. He is a LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council and a Green Globes Professional through the Green Building Initiative. Best co-authored Green + Productive Workplace: The Office of the Future…Today.
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4.0 billion and gross revenue of $4.5 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices, operates in 75 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 53,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3.0 billion square feet, or 280.0 million square meters, and completed $99.0 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $50.0 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com
the World Green Building Council (WGBC)
The World Green Building Council is a global coalition of more than 100 national Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies with a single mission: to transform the building industry and ensure buildings and cities are healthy, efficient, productive and sustainable.
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