Green Buildings make you more productive

As more so-called ‘green’ buildings start to open up, researchers are finding the workers who inhabit them seem to be happier, healthier and more productive.

The new office tower housing law firm Clayton Utz in Sydney is one of the 16 new buildings to be awarded six-star green status so far this year. A basement sewerage plant recycles 90 per cent of the water in the building, power is drawn from solar panels on the roof the skyscraper cools itself from “chilled beams” rather than conventional air-conditioners.

A study of the new workplace by the University of Melbourne, found sick days had fallen 39 per cent and the lawyers’ billings ratio rose 7 per cent despite the overall hours worked falling 12 per cent.
The survey even found the firm’s secretaries were typing 9 per cent faster in the new building and with greater accuracy.


Suzie Barnett, Executive Director Industry Engagement with the Green Building Council
Leena Thomas
, academic and lecturer in the faculty of Design Architecture at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Date aired: 27 September 2011

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