A recent study indicates that environmentally-friendly buildings increase employee productivity. This study, conducted by the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego together with CB Richard Ellis, reports that staffers working in LEED-certified or Energy Star-labeled buildings are measurably more productive than employees working in non-green buildings.
The results of this study, reported by Stacy Straczynski on September 15, 2009 at CPExecutive.com, indicate that almost half the employees who moved to a green office location took 2.88 fewer sick days when working in their new workplace locations. The study reported that this reduction in sick time added more than $1,200 in value per employee. Slightly less than half of the employees in the study reported no change in their number of sick days after the move, while ten percent said they took additional sick days – but the latter group of employees all moved to Energy Star-labeled buildings that do not have air quality standards.
A majority of the employers in the study agreed that staff productivity was higher in the green buildings, and this was supported by the study, which reported that the average value add impact for overall productivity was more than $5,000 per worker. Less sick time and greater worker productivity may mean that tenants would be wise to consider paying higher rents for space in healthier buildings than in less healthy buildings.
Source: Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate