A report by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) synthesizes hundreds of academic and industry studies covering a range of office design factors, including lighting, thermal comfort and acoustics, and interior layout to establish a quantifiable monetary link between sustainable office buildings and occupant wellness and productivity.

Key takeaways include:
  • better indoor air quality can lead to productivity improvements of 8 percent to 11 percent;
  • personal control over thermal comfort can yield single-digit improvements in productivity;
  • the interior configuration of an office impacts concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity; and
  • views from windows, especially of nature, are likely the most significant factor in achieving productivity gains.
The report—sponsored by JLL, Lend Lease and Skanska—also offers a tool kit for building owners to find evidence that their sustainability efforts are producing financial benefits.