20 March 2017
The human-centric design of property management
As many companies now acquire competitive advantages through human capital, providing human-centric real estate will create value for tenants and lead to bigger returns on investment.
In the mid-1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its “Declaration on Occupational Health For All,” addressing the need for planning and designing a healthy work environment. Since its publication, occupational health has grown to become an important conversation among health professionals, architects and building owners alike.
As more research emerges, we are learning more about how to build healthy indoor climates and the positive effects they bring to occupants.
Designing for customers
In Dodge Data & Analytics’ recent Smart Market Report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016,” access to daylight was identified as an important feature of healthier buildings. Among respondents, 60% also identified it as a relevant feature for the healthy building agenda in the future.
Access to natural daylight helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, increasing productivity, energy and mood, is recognized by The WELL Building Standard™.
The World Green Building Council also notes, “Office occupants prefer access to windows and daylight, which brings consistent benefits in terms of satisfaction and health.”
With 92% of company operating costs linked to personnel expenses; increases in productivity can yield meaningful returns.
Looking to the future
As many companies now build their competitive advantage through human capital, providing human-centric real estate will create value for tenants and lead to bigger returns on investment for building owners.
Real estate development is expensive and risky, where the property value is susceptible to changing expectations and requirements. This means that investment in healthy buildings – providing tenants with access to natural light, acoustic and thermal comfort – can help moderate some level of risk.
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To review the source materials for this article, please see:
- World Health Organization; “Declaration on occupational health for all;” WHO Office of Occupational Health, Geneva, Switzerland; 1994; http://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/declaration/en
- Dodge Data & Analytics; “Smart Market Report – The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016: Tactical Intelligence to Transform Building Design and Construction,” Pages 6, 11; 2016; https://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/HealthierBuildings16SMR.html
- International WELL Building Institute; “The WELL Building Standard;” http://standard.wellcertified.com
- World Green Building Council; “Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green buildings;” 2014; http://www.worldgbc.org/news-media/health-wellbeing-and-productivity-offices-next-chapter-green-building
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