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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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Centre for Educational Research, School of Education University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia.
School of Education, University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia.


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.

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