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HIGH PERFORMING HOMES ACHIEVE MORE

High performance buildings can improve a home's energy efficiency, durability, and improve occupant's health and productivity.

BUILT-IN GREENERY FOR HEALTHIER CITIES

Buildings covered in vegetation are becoming more recognised for their environmental benefits which improve people's health.

PURCHASING ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME

This guide outlines some factors you should consider when purchasing products to green your home.

BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS THAT SAVE MONEY AND IMPROVE HEALTH

These 3 aspects are helping to improve our health and savings, as well as avoid damages caused by urbanisation.

SICK BUILDING SYNDROME IS PRESENT IN SCHOOLS

Recent findings from the University of Melbourne is instructional for schools to improve students' learning environments.

FOSTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

How do we increase peoples' awareness of healthy and efficient environments in their daily lives?

EVALUATING HEALTH AND WELLBEING AT THE CITY SCALE

If human health is not always indicative of wellbeing, how do we overcome these challenges and then improve urban life?

BETTER CITY DESIGN LEADS TO IMPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH

In this study, 14 cities in 10 countries tracked residents' steps for up to one week and linked better public health with walkability, independent of any other factors.

2017 PREDICTED WORKPLACE TRENDS

Employee experience, wellness, and improved benefits packages top this list of 2017 workplace trends.

HOW CAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING FRAME COP 22 ACTION PLANS?

Countries join this week at COP22 in Marrakech to create global action plans that mitigate issues including climate change, social inequality, and local health.

NY RESEARCHERS LOOK AT NOISE POLLUTION TO INFORM PUBLIC POLICY

In New York, 9 out of 10 adults are exposed to noise levels above a recommended level, which can have long-term effects on health.

45 MINUTES OF ANY CREATIVE ACTIVITY SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES BODILY STRESS

Even if you are not artistically talented, less than one hour of creative activity can provide therapeutic effects.

MANAGING WORK STRESS WITH THE FREEDOM TO MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

Stress in the workplace can be good for our overall health but only if we are able to work on our own terms.

CREATING HEALTHY WORKSPACES IN SMALL BUSINESSES

Here are some tips for your small business to improve staff health and wellbeing.

GOOGLE LAUNCHES APP TO HELP COMPANIES COLLECT DATA ON THEIR BUILDINGS

Known for their internal sustainability efforts, Google is helping other businesses create better places, too.

STUDY SHOWS COGNITIVE FUNCTION IMPROVED IN GREEN BUILDINGS

Better performing buildings have been correlated with increased crisis response, cognitive function and productivity.

HEATHROW UNVEILS NEW GREEN WALL IN BUSIEST PART OF THE AIRPORT

Europe's busiest airport is looking to improve passenger's experiences by investing in ways to enhance relaxation.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING ON THE CITY SCALE

The Sustainable Cities Index ranks the 100 most sustainable cities for their ability to balance people, planet, and profit.

THE BASICS OF SICK BUILDING SYNDROME

Occupational Health and Safety reports on the telltale signs of SBS and how to distinguish the symptoms.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RELEASES AIR QUALITY MODEL

The interactive map confirms that 92% of the world is living in unsafe air quality environments.

COULD YOUR ENVIRONMENT BE MAKING YOU LESS HAPPY?

Environmental stressors might be contributing to poor mental health in urban areas.

NEW SMARTMARKET REPORT ON THE PATHWAY TO HEALTHIER BUILDINGS

The report contains data on the knowledge gap and ways to educate on health and wellbeing in buildings.

PHILIPS RELEASES NEW TARGETS AND HEALTHY OFFICES REPORT

Beyond designing efficient lighting systems, Philips is looking to create healthier workplaces.

CHANGING THE CULTURE AROUND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WORK

Taking better care of our health improves our happiness, productivity, and results in better ways to work.

OWNING A HEALTHY HOME COULD SAVE MONEY ON YOUR MORTGAGE

13 banks across Europe are offering cheaper mortgage rates to energy efficient home owners.

URBAN TREES SHOULD HOLD MORE VALUE IN CITIES

Recent studies show that trees can save cities nearly $35 M per year and create more livable places.

JLL IS BECOMING MORE INVOLVED WITH HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Recent initiatives and encouraging WELL standards are an indicator of great things to come fom JLL on health and wellbeing.

SWEDISH RESEARCHERS DESIGN TRANSPARENT WOOD COMPOSITE

Imagine a material with the strength of wood that allows for natural lighting to shine through like glass.

HOW TO CELEBRATE GREEN BUILDING WEEK

Here are events and opportunities for you to "Change Your Perspective" this week.

WHY WE MUST ADVOCATE FOR GREEN BUILDINGS AT THE MACRO-LEVEL

Stakeholder engagement is maximized when we advocate for healthy buildings holistically and address multiple industries.

DUST MAY BE HARMING YOUR HEALTH

Toxic chemicals accumulate in house dust and can be harmful with long-term exposure.

SYDNEY RELEASES SCORECARD FOR GREEN BUILDINGS

The tool allows tenants and landlords to better understand and collaborate on sustainability goals.

7 PRODUCTS FOR HEALTHY LIVING

These wellbeing products were a hit at the Green Living consumer fair in Singapore.

THIS CO-WORKING SPACE DOUBLES AS AN ADULT PLAYGROUND

Conventional offices are out and whimsical spaces that encourage spontaneous activity are in.

WORLD BANK ESTIMATES $225 BILLION LABOUR LOST DUE TO AIR POLLUTION

This new study finds that air pollutants are deadly and costing the global economy billions in lost labour income.

KIDS WITH STANDING DESKS AT SCHOOL HAVE 5.24% LESS BMI PERCENTILE

Children who are allowed to move throughout the school day may be happier and healthier.

DESIGNING OFFICES THAT MEET OUR HUMAN NEEDS

Employers are investing in the health and wellbeing of staff to increase overall productivity of business.

40% OF OFFICE WORKERS THINK HEALTH SYMPTOMS RESULT FROM POOR VENTILATION

A survey conducted in the UK shows that people are becoming more aware of negative effects caused by poor ventilation in buildings.

IS CANADA THE GLOBAL LEADER IN HEALTHY BUILDINGS?

Healthy buildings industry are on the rise in Canada with recent WELL buildings and more graduate level programs focused on health.

DELOS CREATES WELLNESS DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA

The neighbourhood will include offices, homes and retailers that intend to make residents healthier.

GREEN HOMES PROVIDE MORE BENEFITS THAN JUST SAVING YOU MONEY ON ENERGY BILLS

Sustainable home features are doing more than saving you money, they are improving your health and wellbeing.

HOW TO DESIGN A PRODUCTIVE OFFICE

An overview of popular design plans and their impact on employee productivity.

THE EASIEST WAY TO REMOVE INDOOR VOCS

House plants effectively remove chemicals from indoor air and are visually appealing.

THIS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOCUSES ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Residents can experience a higher quality of life in this retirement village aimed to stimulate the senses.

STUDY SHOWS HUMAN FOOTPRINT ON GLOBAL SCALE DECREASING

The biodiversity crisis may be slowing down according to this study from University from Northern British Colombia.

CORNELL RELEASES BENCHMARKS FOR SUSTAINABLE HOTELS

The Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index is the first of it's kind and raising awareness in the hospitality industry.

5 HOUSEPLANTS THAT IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY

These plants can improve your health by removing concentrated VOCs from indoor air.

NATURAL BUILDING MATERIALS ARE BECOMING MORE ACCESSIBLE

Sustainably sourced materials that improve air quality are in-demand and becoming affordable for home owners.

DIMMING THE LIGHTS CAN IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

Adjustable lighting for work spaces can boost your efficiency and comfort levels.

URBANIZATION LEADS TO CONCENTRATED PATHOGENS

Improved infrastructure will prevent the spread of pathogens in condensed cities.

INFOGRAPHIC: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD

Readers of Raconteur magazine recognize these modern and historical buildings as most beautiful in the world.

BUILDINGS CAN ABRIDGE THE HUMAN-NATURE CONNECTION

Delos and IWBI integrate well-being in the built environment and people are taking notice.

1 HOUR OF EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE DAY WILL LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE

Research has proven that sitting for long hours and inactivity has severe impacts on your length of life.

CITIES ARE BECOMING DENSER BUT ALSO MORE GREEN

City planners and architects are finding ways to build up while bulking up on biophilia.

HONG KONG GBC TO LAUNCH BUILDING RATING SYSTEM FOR COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Better buildings contribute to better places and can influence the well-being of neighbourhoods.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL FOR DENSE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES

An adaptive approach to buildings will better include complex built and natural relationships in cities.

SWEDISH RESIDENCE DESIGNED FOR BICYCLE ENTHUSIASTS

This building encourages active lifestyles and does not include a parking garage.

WELLNESS TOURISM PROJECTED TO BECOME $678.5 BILLION BUSINESS BY 2017

Hotel developers are meeting demand by inventing new healthy experiences for wellness tourists.

HARVARD STUDY LINKS COGNITIVE FUNCTION WITH INCREASED VENTILATION RATES

Lower levels of volatile organic chemicals and carbon dioxide in the air has shown to make our minds more agile.

BUILDING CONDITIONS ACCOUNT FOR 70% OF STUDENT’S POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Environmental psychologist Lorraine Maxwell finds that healthy learning environments are critical in shaping a students' perception of school.

OCCUPANTS ACCOUNT FOR 93% OF ALL BUILDING COSTS

The market demand for wellness is on the rise, and developers and operators are paying attention.

OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS ARE GROWING UP AND OUT OF CUBICLES

Study shows that employees value work spaces more than break rooms, complementary food or access to natural light.

MORE DATA IS NECESSARY TO MANAGE HEALTHIER BUILDINGS

Gaps are being found in current data for sustainable buildings and some architects are creating their own systems to focus on health and wellbeing.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN BUILDINGS IS MORE THAN JUST A ‘FAD’

The link between buildings and health is growing, it's time for all of us to promote better places for people.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BREATHING GREEN WALL FEATURED IN LENDLEASE HEADQUARTERS

The new building at Barangaroo is built to the highest standards for healthy working environments.

ARUP SELECTED TO BUILD WORLD’S TALLEST 21-STOREY WOODEN SKYSCRAPER

The wooden tower will have 55 apartments and aim to achieve BREEAM "Outstanding" certification.

LONDON RECEIVES EUROPE’S FIRST WELL-CERTIFIED BUILDING

This article discusses how WELL building standards measure occupant health and wellbeing.

ACADEMIC-PRACTITIONER PARTNERSHIP RELEASES GOOD HOUSING: BETTER HEALTH REPORT

This collaborative report on better housing addresses energy efficiency as well as occupant health.

HOLISTIC APPROACH IS THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Saint-Gobain created Multicomfort design standards to address what we feel, see, breathe, and hear in our homes.

WORLD ECONOMY ESTIMATED TO LOSE £1.5 TRILLION DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING

The rise in global temperature and frequency of severe weather events are preventing people from working outside.

INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE WELCOMES NEW CEO

Rick Fedrizzi joins IWBI bringing decades of experience with the USGBC and LEED standards.

IRISH GBC DEVELOPS PERFORMANCE INDEX FOR HOME BUYERS

The Home Performance Index (HPI) provides quality assurance for those buying or building a home.

INFOGRAPHIC: NATURAL VS. ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

Human centric lighting is designed to reduce building costs and improve health and wellbeing.

HYDROPONIC LIVING WALL PROVIDES FRESH AIR TO ROOMS AND DOES NOT REQUIRE SOIL

The newest living walls can enhance the microbiome in a building and significantly improve air quality.

CITIES ARE BECOMING HEALTHIER AND MORE LIVEABLE ONE STEP AT A TIME

Learn about the many industries working together to design for people and make healthier cities.

INFOGRAPHIC: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SPACE

Researchers at the University of Southern California illustrate the benefits and case studies of healthy office spaces.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS AT WORK

Healthy buildings get employees engaged with wellness features and improve work environments.

IMPROVING MODERN LIFESTYLES STARTS WITH HEALTH AND WELLBEING AT WORK

The concept of health and wellbeing is growing, especially as it applies to the workplace.

WALKING IS THE BEST WAY TO ADD MORE ACTIVITY TO YOUR WORK DAY

Taking a walking break for 15 minutes burns 3x the calories as switching between sitting and standing throughout your work day.

INFOGRAPHIC: HOW AIR POLLUTION AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

Interactive graphic to learn about the sources of air pollution and they could be impacting your health.

THE KEY TO HEALTHIER BUILDINGS IS IMPROVED INDOOR AIR QUALITY

We are most exposed to concentrated indoor air pollutants than those occuring outdoors.

UNITED EMIRATES GBC WARNS BUILDING MANAGERS NOT TO OVERLOOK INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS

Indoor air quality is often the least maintained feature in buildings.

LAND SECURITIES ADVISES BUSINESSES TO USE SCIENCE TO DETERMINE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS

Land Securities explains their new science-based 80% carbon reduction target by 2050.

JLL LOOKS AT SOME OF THE WORLD’S 10 MOST LIVEABLE CITIES

JLL looks at what features make these cities liveable, from transportation to arts culture.

AUSTRALIA RECEIVES FIRST BUILDING MADE ENTIRELY FROM SUSTAINABLY ENGINEERED WOOD

Lendlease is addressing building materials to lower carbon emissions and construction waste.

IN THE FUTURE BUILDINGS WILL ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT LIKE NATURAL SYSTEMS

Architects are creating buildings that work with the natural environment and not against it.

NEW GREEN BUILDING INDEX HELPS DEVELOPERS AND OWNERS CREATE BETTER PLACES FOR PEOPLE

In Malaysia, buildings will be assessed and certified based on their total environmental impact.

M&S PUBLISHES PLAN A 2020 REPORT WITH GOAL OF BECOMING WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE RETAILER

The new report includes 100 new commitments that focus on ethical and environmental causes.

M&S ENERGY SOCIETY INVITES CUSTOMERS TO INVEST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

M&S is working to source 50% of energy for UK and ROI buildings from small-scale renewable sources by 2020.

LAND SECURITIES ESTIMATE 40% REDUCTION IN THEIR CARBON EMISSIONS BY 2030

Doing their part to stop global temperatures rising, the real estate company is addressing buildings made in the last 2 years.

STUDY LINKS DISCONNECT FROM NATURE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Researchers at the University of Washington find mood disorders are more common in urban areas and caused by reduced access to nature.

FUTURE SMART BUILDINGS WILL ACCOMMODATE YOUR PREFERENCES

Offices of the future could benefit your productivity, wellbeing and collaboration with others.

FROM SUSTAINABILE SYSTEMS TO REGENERATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

Discussion on the difference between mediating what is harmful and creating something that does good.

NATURAL VIEWS ALONE CAN BOOST PRODUCTIVITY 15% IN OFFICES

Studies show that both direct access to nature and indirect views of nature improve wellbeing.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY TECHNOLOGY TO GENERATE $55.4 BILLION BY 2024

Navigant Research forecasts global revenue for indoor air technology as a result of more green building certifications.

TD BANK GROUP TORONTO OFFICE IS THE FIRST WELL V1 GOLD CERTIFIED

North America's first WELL v1 certified building demonstrates a growing commitment to health and wellbeing in buildings.

NEW BUILDING TECHNOLOGY WILL OPTIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL ADJUSTMENTS FOR COMFORT

Older offices prohibit people from opening windows and doors, now mechanical systems can indicate when it is most efficient to do so.

HEALTHY BUILDINGS ARE LIVING SYSTEMS AND REQUIRE NOURISHING MATERIALS

The Living Building Challenge seeks to change the culture around building materials from sustainable to regenerative.

DEMAND FOR GREEN BUILDINGS FORECASTED TO INCREASE 85% TO $15.5 TRILLION BY 2030.

World Economic Forum reports that the buildings sector currently contributes 6% global GDP and 25-40% carbon emissions.

LAND SECURITIES CREATES AN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE IN WORKPLACES

Healthy and balanced workplaces are shown to increase productivity by 16% and job satisfaction 24%.

PERKINS + WILL DESIGN OFFICE FREE OF ALL TOXINS IN SEATTLE

The new office space excludes all chemicals on the Perkins + Will Precautionary List.

ATKINS DEVELOPS “WELLBRIEFING” TOOL FOR DESIGNERS OF HEALTHY BUILDINGS

The tool helps architects and developers prioritize aspects of health and wellbeing in buildings.

SEOUL AIMS TO REDUCE 26.9% CARBON EMISSIONS FROM BUILDINGS BY 2020

Seoul announces plan to improve energy efficiency by adopting a net-zero architecture system and raising public awareness.

BUILDINGS REQUIRE MORE THAN EFFICIENCY TO BENEFIT OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Lend lease looks at how building occupants expect healthy buildings that also support their wellbeing.

BUILDING BETTER PLACES: SPOTLIGHT ON FOUR NEW WELL CERTIFIED BUILDINGS

WELL certification for health and wellbeing in buildings is growing in popularity.

EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION SURVEY SHOWS MOST POTENTIAL IN THERMAL COMFORT, VOCs AND LIGHTING

After retrofitting their head office British Land found these areas were most associated with improved wellbeing and productivity.

LIVING NEAR NATURE MAKES YOU 34% LESS AT RISK OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS AND 13% FOR CANCER

Study from Harvard University that found an increase in vegetation leads to decreased mortality rates.

A BRIEF HISTORY ON THE GREEN BUILDING MOVEMENT

This article discusses main drivers leading the green building movement.

Revenue from Indoor Environmental and Air Quality Technologies Is Expected to Total $55.4 Billion from 2015 to 2024

A recent report from Navigant Research

National Survey Reveals Offices Aren’t Built to Benefit Employees

Saint-Gobain and its subsidiary SageGlass® today announced the results of its 2016 Work Environment Survey.

Saint-Gobain’s new headquarters is a lesson in employee comfort and productivity

Reprinted from the current issue of USGBC+

Arup joins forces with Delos™ to promote health and wellbeing across the built environment

Under the partnership, Arup has pledged to take 100 Arup staff members through the WELL AP program to help advance the WELL Building Standard™.

Green views lead to better test scores for students

An American study has found that high school students with views of nature perform better than students in a windowless room or a room with a view of built space.

2016: sustainable buildings go from being green to being good for you

Next year, builders and businesses will realize that buildings that are good for worker are also good for the bottom line.

Doubling cognitive function scores through improved air quality

New lab-based study links improved cognitive ability to enhanced ventilation

Let’s Get Comfy: The New Way to Control Temperature

Learn about Comfy, software that connects to heating and cooling systems and enables people to adjust office temperature.

Workplace Warning As Research Reveals Staff Sentiments

RICS research highlights the importance of good office environments in attracting and retaining quality staff

Latest Green Building Trend: Focus on Effects on People

Health and wellbeing are joining energy efficiency as the main benefits of green building, with advantages for people and business.

Health and Wellbeing – Time to Get Real

UK-GBC's John Alker explains how the link between "green" and "people" outcomes is crucial in transforming our built environment

Debunking the Five Myths of Health and Design

Adele Houghton destroys the myths that prevent health considerations being factored into building

People and Planet Benefit from Green Buildings

Mounting evidence shows green buildings are good for the health of people, as well as better for the planet