Can working in a green office help your business on the whole? According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), green buildings saved the business money in a variety of ways.
The study found that certified green buildings (those constructed with environmentally-friendly and resource efficient materials and processes) firstly offered the business savings on energy costs. To add to this, the sites’ health and wellbeing features – such as enhanced fresh air ventilation, green walls or maximum use of natural light – “delivered a cut in employee absenteeism, reduced operating costs, and ensured a more productive workforce for building tenants”.
What’s more, the study also found that employees working in green buildings were more likely to enjoy a better night’s sleep and less likely to suffer from headaches and respiratory problems.
Although these impressive benefits are just being discovered, green buildings have been on the rise for some time. Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, they both financial and reputational gains. And with governments imposing mandatory sustainability targets on large businesses, green building offers a cost-effective way of meeting these new standards.
But it’s not all good news. Green buildings bring hidden risks, especially fire hazards. The use of insulating yet flammable materials such as Polyurethane, vegetative roof gardens and the accumulation of recycling on-site all increase the risk of fire. Getting help from risk experts during the design process can help prevent costly and inconvenient adaptations later down the line.
Given their enormous benefits, green buildings will only continue to flourish. But like all green things, they must be kept safe from fire. With proper planning, fire safety awareness and contingency planning, we can diminish the risks posed by green buildings and enjoy our improved offices. Who knows – maybe they’ll even make us smarter.
Published date: 11th February 2020
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