Better Places for People Blog

Three key learnings from UK Green Building Council’s Wellbeing Lab: Offices Launch Event

By Sam Carson. Posted on April 27, 2017.

In this post, Sam Carson talks about Carbon Credentials' participation in UK GBC's Wellbeing Lab for Offices. Read more.

New Study Links Poor Quality Housing to Poor Health

By Elspeth Holland and Colin Powell. Posted on January 17, 2017.

In this post, we talk about a new German study that showed people's health is directly impacted by their poorly-maintained homes. Read more.

Better Thinking, Better Health in Green-Certified Buildings

By John Mandyck. Posted on October 31, 2016.

In this post, John Vandyck of UTC talks about the new COGfx study results from Harvard. Read more.

Walking the talk - New UK-GBC and WorldGBC Offices

By Richard Griffiths. Posted September 29, 2016

In this post, Richard Griffiths talks about the UK-GBC's new offices and how they create Better Places for People. Read more.

Philips' New Report Advocates for Better Places for People

By Elspeth Holland. Posted on 27 September, 2016

In this post, we talk about the efforts by Philips to improve energy efficiency, productivity in the workplace and a company's bottom line. Read more.

Active House - Green AND Healthy

By Colin Powell, posted on 21 September, 2016

In this blog post, we talk about the Active House, a home that is both green and healthy. Read more.

How can we make offices more comfortable?

By Colin Powell, posted on 30 August, 2016

In this blog post, we discuss the new campaign by BBDO's Toronto office to make offices more thermally comfortable for all! Read more.

Better Places for a Better Bottom Line

By Elspeth Holland & Colin Powell, posted on 23 August, 2016

In this blog post, in light of the new report on health, wellbeing, and productivity in Offices, we discuss the link between building environment, experience, and economics. Read more.

UK-GBC: What We're Doing on Health, Wellbeing and Productivity

By Elinor Huggett, posted on 16 August, 2016

In this blog post, Elinor Huggett discusses what the UK-GBC is doing on health, wellbeing, and productivity. Read more.

Marks & Spencer discusses the Better Places for People Campaign

By Colin Powell, posted on 9 August, 2016

In this blog post, Zoe Young from M&S discusses how the Better Places for People campaign helped them build better retail. Read more.

Green Buildings and Healthy Buildings

By Colin Powell, posted on 9 August, 2016

In this blog post, we talk again about the evidence behind green buildings that are also healthy and how green healthy buildings are the focus of the Better Places for People campaign. Read more.

Healthy Retail Places Are a Quick-Win for Retailers

By Colin Powell, posted on 2 August, 2016

In this blog post, we talk again about healthy retail and the benefits for business, including examples from Marks & Spencer, TD Bank, and Club Monaco. Read more.

Building the Business Case for Healthy Residential Buildings

By Elspeth Holland and Colin Powell, posted on 26 July 2016

In this blog post, we talk about how our homes affect our health and wellbeing. With examples from the UKGBC's Healthy Homes report, ongoing research by the WorldGBC, and a new healthy multi-unit building in Massachusetts, we show that the business case is only getting stronger for healthy residential buildings. Read more.

Living Near Trees Can Make you Feel Younger and Richer

By Elspeth Holland, posted on 19 July 2016

In this blog post, we talk about a new study from the University of Chicago that validates the long-held belief that trees can improve health perceptions and outcomes, and even make you feel younger and richer! This work will help inform our ongoing study into Healthy Homes! Read more.

Healthy Building: Evolving Green Building Tech with B+H's Lisa Bate

By Stefan Novakovic, posted on 12 July 2016

In this blog post, Lisa Bate of B+H Architects, a member of the Better Places for People Steering Committee and WorldGBC Board, is profiled on her commitment to healthy buildings. Read more.

Air Quality Testing in your Home

By Colin Powell, posted on 29 June 2016

In this blog post, a condo renter has the air quality tested in his unit and answers some questions about how air quality can affect how he works and runs marathons. Healthy residential buildings represent the third building typology to be discussed by the Better Places for People campaign. Read more.

Creating Great Living Places

By Pascal Eveillard, posted on 2 June 2016

In this short blog post, Pascal Eveillard, Director for Sustainable Construction at Saint-Gobain, explains why the company has reinvented its brand story and logo to state more clearly its ambition to bring wellbeing to people around the world. Read more.

The Why and The How

By Maira Macedo, posted on 30 May 2016

Since the launch of the Better Places for People Office and Retail reports, our national green building councils have been hard at work getting their members to understand the “why” and “how” of healthy buildings. Read more.

Humanising the workplace

By Ann Marie Aguilar, posted on 20 April 2016

A workplace should help you be your very best. Yet all too many offices, factories and laboratories overlook vital human factors that affect employee wellness and impact organisations. The lost workdays, high staff turnover and lower productivity that result is costing businesses dear. In the UK alone, work-related mental health problems cost the economy £26bn every year. Read more.

World Health Day and the growing case to build with people in mind

By Jonathan Laski, posted on 7 April 2016

Today is World Health Day and this year’s theme is “Halt the rise: beat diabetes”. As you may be aware, one of the best ways to prevent diabetes is through regular physical activity, like walking at least 150 minutes per week. Read more.

Indoor Air Quality and its Impact on Cognitive Functions

By Grant Olear, posted on 20 March 2016

A landmark report published in the fall by Harvard’s School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in conjunction with SUNY Update Medical University and Syracuse University observed the impact indoor air quality has on building occupants’ cognitive functioning. Read more.

Health, wellbeing & the business case for green retail

By John Alker, posted on 1 March 2016

Napoleon was supposed to have called us “a nation of shopkeepers”. I imagine it wasn’t meant favourably, but 200 years on and retail accounts for 10% of employment, over 5% of GDP and apparently London is the “retail capital of the world” (according to BIS). Read more.

Could greener stores improve the customer experience and lead to increased profit?

By Terri Wills, posted on 5 February 2016

Imagine if the supermarket you shopped in made you feel healthier or happier? If the assistants packing your groceries were more productive because the space they worked in had particularly good air quality and daylight? And what if this healthy environment made you stay longer or spend more in those stores? Read more.

A World of Wellbeing at our Fingertips

By Matthew Webster, posted on 20 January 2016

Early findings from a recent study show that our Head Office refurbishment is making people feel happier, healthier and more productive. This is good news for our radical programme to promote wellbeing and productivity across our portfolio. Read more.

Better and better

By Terri Wills, posted on 9 November 2015

It’s no coincidence that the word ‘better’ features in two of the World Green Building Council’s current and high profile campaigns.Last month at our annual Congress held in Hong Kong, we launched our new campaign on the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris (known as COP21 in UN jargon) called Better Build Green. Read more.

Wellbeing and energy efficiency at the heart of SUSTAINABLE buildings

By Pascal Eveillard and Camille Fabre. Posted on 1 October 2015

COP 21 is coming soon, and those who care about safeguarding future generations are advocating for a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions to limit global warming and its potentially disastrous consequences. Read more.

Finding the Feel-good Factor

By Zoe Young. Posted on 21 September 2015

Nobody likes being in a building that is too hot or too cold, too stuffy or draughty, dark or bright. People are uncomfortable in such places, unlikely to revisit them and often unproductive there. By contrast, common sense tells us better places are better for us. However, just what difference does feeling better actually make? How does it affect the way we behave and perform? It is this simple need to understand the significance of how buildings make us feel that is driving property professionals to investigate links between the physical environment and human behaviour. Read more.

Putting People At the Heart of Property – Are We At a Tipping Point?

By Beth Ambrose. Posted on 17 September 2015

This year, the discussions around health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace feel very exciting, they’ve stepped up a gear and are motivating lots of real activity and changes to long-standing practices. I believe the WorldGBC’s ground-breaking report released last September, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: the Next Chapter for Green Building, with its clear and simple implementation framework, has helped the real estate sector to start to seize an opportunity which will generate enormous amounts of valuable insights, and indeed, concrete value. Read more.

Count Your Change: The WorldGBC Retail Metrics Framework

By Richard Francis. Posted on 10 September 2015

The WorldGBC is currently developing and piloting a Retail Metrics Framework based on the Metrics Framework in last year’s landmark Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices report. The Framework will allow the retail industry to measure and quantify the impact of physical environments on business performance. The logic of the Framework is simple: better environments lead to better experiences that lead to better economics for retailers. Read more.

Photograph: Microsoft Beijing (B+H Architects)