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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 12204-12222; doi:10.3390/ijerph111212204

Are Biophilic-Designed Site Office Buildings Linked to Health Benefits and High Performing Occupants?

1,†,* and 2,†
1
Centre for Educational Research, School of Education University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia
2
School of Education, University of Western Sydney, Penrith 2751, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 12 August 2014 / Revised: 6 November 2014 / Accepted: 6 November 2014 / Published: 26 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Benefits of Nature)
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This paper discusses the first phase of a longitudinal study underway in Australia to ascertain the broad health benefits of specific types of biophilic design for workers in a building site office. A bespoke site design was formulated to include open plan workspace, natural lighting, ventilation, significant plants, prospect and views, recycled materials and use of non-synthetic materials. Initial data in the first three months was gathered from a series of demographic questions and from interviews and observations of site workers. Preliminary data indicates a strong positive effect from incorporating aspects of biophilic design to boost productivity, ameliorate stress, enhance well-being, foster a collaborative work environment and promote workplace satisfaction, thus contributing towards a high performance workspace. The longitudinal study spanning over two years will track human-plant interactions in a biophilic influenced space, whilst also assessing the concomitant cognitive, social, psychological and physical health benefits for workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: biophilic design; site office; productivity; collaboration; well-being; stress biophilic design; site office; productivity; collaboration; well-being; stress
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Gray, T.; Birrell, C. Are Biophilic-Designed Site Office Buildings Linked to Health Benefits and High Performing Occupants? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 12204-12222.

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