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New WorldGBC Report: Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

30 Apr 2018

The World Green Building Council has launched a new report on 24 April titled Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building. The report highlights tangible economic benefits of green building and showcases improved occupant satisfaction when companies implement new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green structures. The HKGBC participated in the study as an Advisory Committee member.

Case studies of 11 green facilities around the globe have been examined in the report, while Henderson Land Development Company Limited’s mixed-use residential project “Double Cove” is the only one from Hong Kong. The report evaluates health and wellbeing features that were integrated into the facilities, such as: enhanced fresh air ventilation, acoustic privacy, increase of daylight penetration and use of biophilic design elements such as green walls and extensive indoor plants.

The report offers following insights and urges companies to make green improvements of their buildings:

The biggest economic benefit are realised when impacts to the environment and people are addressed jointly from the start of the building design and a clear direction to achieve key metrics such as improving air quality without sacrificing energy efficiency is set.
Achievements in energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction coming from on-site renewable energy systems can be incorporated with no negative impact on the design for occupants.
Employees prefer and work best when they are in spaces with ample natural light, good air quality and access to greenery and amenities.
The largest improvements in employee satisfaction happen when staff are engaged in co-designing their new green and healthy workspaces.

 

The report is s part of WorldGBC's Better Places for People campaign, which support GBCs and their members to increase the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them. The HKGBC has been involved in several reports by providing input and advice as well as case studies to the project.

For more about the background of the report, please visit the report's page.

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