Study: Green Buildings Improve Work, Sleep


According to a recently published article, a new study shows there are significant benefits to working in a “green building”. The study compared statistics of workers in certified green buildings against those of people who worked in standard buildings. The results showed that those working in a certified green building received higher cognitive function scores and scored more than 25 percent higher in a standard test. The study also assessed workers’ quality of sleep and found that the workers in the certified green buildings had sleep scores 6 percent higher than those from the standard buildings. Other factors that were examined included lighting, ventilation and the levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The study states that “sick building syndrome” symptoms, such as headaches and eye and respiratory irritation, were 30 percent fewer in the green building workers.

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