With the dark night’s drawing in we thought the time has come to highlight an important factor when considering a Workplace Design; The health and well-being of the workplace users!
A key criterion in assessing workplace environment under BREEAM includes optimising health and wellbeing in the office environment. This could include flexible workstations with accompanying storage, encouraging collaborative working, interior finishes that limit VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions, highly efficient LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting and the use of depolluting plants.
Depolluting plants at work
Research shows us that in developed countries, the population typically spends over 90% of their time indoors and improving the indoor air quality has been seen to have a positive impact on health, well-being and productivity. Indeed a 2-year study conducted by Oxford Brookes University and LCMB Building Performance*, revealed that workers showed a dramatic 60% increase in productivity once CO² emissions within their workplace was reduced and air quality was improved.
Depolluting plants are a great and aesthetic way to improve the air quality in your workplace. But not every office has unused space so combining plant holders with storage options helps to minimise the space that the plants take up, meaning it’s a good option for all businesses. It’s also worth considering that plant holders with storage options can assist in creating informal partitions too, which is another way they can be a part of your office layout and be functional at the same time. Ensuring your planters are fabricated out of FSC (Forest Certified Timber) timber further supports the requirements of BREEAM and is a big tick for the environment too.
A Cubex Contracts we can supply planters in a variety of colour finishes and sizes to suit your environment.
If you would like to improve the air quality in your workplace by introducing plants in planters that don’t waste precious office space contact us today on 01933 460422 to chat about your requirements.
*Read more about this study here: https://workinmind.org/2018/12/05/study-reveals-c02-levels-in-offices-are-silently-damaging-uk-productivity/