Business Week reports that tenants in green buildings have fewer sick days and better health. Several studies found that LEED-certified buildings had healthier tenants and lower vacancy rates. Is your home or office in a green building?
Read more in Business Week | Green Buildings: Fewer Sick Days, Higher Rents. Images: Amy's Green House Goes Platinum
Air & Water Filters,
could some of this not be attributed to committments to healthier lifestyles of the residents in general?
Me thinks there are several third factors at play here...
"Several studies found that LEED-certified buildings had healthier tenants and lower vacancy rates."Um, considering that LEED-Certified buildings are Brand Spanking New and therefore easy to rent......whereas older buildings are less desirable, often have old mechanical systems with dust, mold and mildew in the ductwork and even lead paint and asbestos, and are cheaper to rent.Yeah - There's more to this than the building itself.
I'm not surprised at all. The VOC free paint and more environmentally friendly building upgrades probably have a lot to do with it. If you live in a building that puts in regular new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint when you move in, you're being exposed to a seriously high dose of toxins from the get-go. But I also wouldn't be surprised if it had to do with people living greener lifestyles in general or the tenants generally being more educated/wealthier.
I'm in favour of "Green Buildings", but, for the love of.... did they have to flag up the HQ of one of the planet's most infamous pollutors?
correlation/causation -- read up on it.
the greenest building is one that is already built.
Wise words, mannequingirl! ;)
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