In an effort to improve the health of our buildings and encourage environmentally-friendly practices within them, Frasers Centrepoint Singapore invited tenants from across its properties to a green building seminar called “Better Places For People” on 28 March 2017 at Alexandra Point.
Benjamin Huang from the Singapore Green Building Council shares how office features like generous access to daylight, flexible workspaces and views of nature within the office can improve employee wellness and performance.
According to research from the World Green Building Council’s 2014 global report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity, “the same features commonly associated with green buildings have a measurable impact on human well-being”. Thus, a building’s design can greatly affect the health, well-being and productivity of its occupants. That is why Frasers Centrepoint Singapore, together with Singapore Green Building Council, has organised a tenant engagement session with the aim to raise awareness about how the health of our offices can impact our well-being.
The seminar involved tenants and staff learning about topics ranging from green and healthy building materials to simple tips on how to green one’s office space, all to emphasise how maximising the health of our buildings is a win-win for both businesses and the environment.
Eddy Lau, Deputy Director, Certification & Technology, from Singapore Green Building Council explains that better indoor air quality may improve employee productivity by 8% to 11%.
During the seminar, talks by Singapore Green Building Council representatives highlighted how employees can easily improve the health of their office spaces by adjusting office temperatures to around 24 to 26 degrees celsius for maximum productivity, ensuring that enough sunlight fills the office space, providing different types of workspaces and meeting rooms, as well as include plants within the office to help improve air quality. In fact, studies have shown that offices with windows have gained employees 46 minutes more sleep, while flexible workspaces help staff feel more in control of their workload.
Seven Features for Healthier and Greener Offices shared by Singapore Green Building Council
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As a developer that designs, builds, owns and operates properties, it is important that we shape buildings for the benefit of the people and the environment. With a better understanding of how and why well-being is “at the heart” of our buildings, we hope that we can continue to work with our partners, tenants, and customers to create greener, healthier communities.
The seminar is part of Frasers Centrepoint Limited’s “Environment Month” initiative which aims to inspire our tenants and partners to gain a deeper understanding of the various ways to create a healthier working environment. This tenant engagement session is one of a series of initiatives that range from eco workshops and educational trips, to participation in Earth Hour. Explore more green initiatives organised throughout our ‘Frasers Environment Month’ journey here.
As an Established Member of the World Green Building Council, the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), with the support of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, brings Better Places for People to our little red dot.