Well Buildings Are Becoming More Than A Fad As Benefits Get Easier To Measure

Mike Phillips, Bisnow London
Mar 9, 2018 9:00 AM ET

An example is a study undertaken by CBRE in conjunction with the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The study found that providing healthy alternatives to sugary food and drinks improved productivity by 45%; schemes to provide mental balance like meditation and yoga improved productivity by 30%; introducing circadian lighting, which mirrors the waxing and waning of natural daylight, improved productivity by 12%.

Gutter pointed out that even elements that used to be considered soft and fluffy, like having lots of plants, improved productivity by 10%.

The evidence shows that this phenomenon is being led by tenants. In a survey of European occupiers, CBRE found that 72% either already had or wanted to have a building that promoted wellness. 

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