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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Nov 26;11(12):12204-22. doi: 10.3390/ijerph111212204.

Are biophilic-designed site office buildings linked to health benefits and high performing occupants?

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1
Centre for Educational Research, School of Education University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia. t.gray@uws.edu.au.
2
School of Education, University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia. c.birrell@uws.edu.au.

Abstract

This paper discusses the first phase of a longitudinal study underway in Australia to ascertain the broad health benefits of specific types of biophilic design for workers in a building site office. A bespoke site design was formulated to include open plan workspace, natural lighting, ventilation, significant plants, prospect and views, recycled materials and use of non-synthetic materials. Initial data in the first three months was gathered from a series of demographic questions and from interviews and observations of site workers. Preliminary data indicates a strong positive effect from incorporating aspects of biophilic design to boost productivity, ameliorate stress, enhance well-being, foster a collaborative work environment and promote workplace satisfaction, thus contributing towards a high performance workspace. The longitudinal study spanning over two years will track human-plant interactions in a biophilic influenced space, whilst also assessing the concomitant cognitive, social, psychological and physical health benefits for workers.

PMID:
25431874
PMCID:
PMC4276610
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph111212204
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