Can Biophilic Building Design Save Your Business Money
By Torrin Greathouse | January 16, 2018
While designing a building based upon healthy, biophilic building design principles fosters better employee health and workplace satisfaction, many people do not realize it can also save companies quite a bit of money.
Buildings which integrate healthy design methods such as green walls and roofs, active daylighting, natural views, and other biophilic elements experience a range of cost-saving benefits.
Maintains Air Quality
Building elements like green walls and other plant features not only create an appealing atmosphere, they also help to maintain air quality, taking the strain off of air filtration systems. Plants naturally reduce particulates in the air, while converting CO2 to O2 which helps to ensure workers are more alert. Plants also absorb excess heat, helping a steady maintain temperature on the interior of your building.
Boosts Worker Performance
Biophilic building design is shown to help increase employee productivity. Studies have proven that natural light, views of nature, and sounds like chirping birds or moving water can help to improve focus and decrease stress. One case study showed that incorporating natural lighting alone can increase worker productivity by 6-16%. Not only this, but working in a facility which uses biophilic design principles is extremely good for employee health, capable of reducing employee sick days by up to 6.5%. It combats insomnia by keeping the body in synch with a natural day-night sleep cycle and aids in the prevention of medical conditions ranging from seasonal affective disorder to multiple sclerosis.
Reduces Energy Consumption
Between green elements and natural lighting, biophilic building design can help to greatly reduce energy consumption. Even the best artificial lighting systems are not 100% efficient and often waste energy producing heat. On the other hand, well designed natural lighting uses zero electricity while generating minimal heat gain. This, alongside the air filtration and heat sink created by plant features, can drastically reduce electric lighting and HVAC usage by as much as 50-80%.