The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Functions and Productivity
Researchers at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that the indoor environment previously associated with a doubling of cognitive function test scores of office workers can be achieved in the USA at an energy cost between $14 and $40 per person per year and result in as much as a $6,500 equivalent in improved productivity per person per year.
“This research suggests that the health and productivity benefits far outweigh energy costs and the environmental impacts can be mitigated through a variety of readily available strategies. It is time we move away from ventilation designed for merely acceptable indoor air quality and move towards design for optimal indoor air quality. We have been presented with the false choice of energy efficiency or healthy indoor environments for too long. We can – and must – have both.”
— Dr. Joseph Allen at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health