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Our latest report focusing on green action in work spaces Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building outlines the business case for building, designing and occupying green buildings with an emphasis on health and wellbeing features. Released in April 2018, the report comprises 11 case studies which highlight the tangible economic benefits of green building and the improved occupant satisfaction that resulted from companies implementing new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green structures.

In October 2016, we published Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices. This report features a number of case studies of buildings all around that world that have implemented the metrics framework outlined in our 2014 report. It also includes research by four Green Building Councils on their markets and the buildings in their countries which have been using health and wellbeing as a tool to attract tenants and support occupants.

In 2014, we delivered our landmark Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices report. A number of the case studies in that report are available here.

As part of the Offices Working Group over the past two years, we have also developed a host of resources for anyone to use.

What are the features that make healthier and greener offices? See our infographic below.

Expanding upon our trail-blazing work in the offices sector, the Better Places for People campaign has created a concise yet informative report entitled Health, Wellbeing, and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit. As part of the report, we created a metrics framework for the retail industry to measure the impact of their buildings on staff and customers.

Also, we have:

  • Identified and consolidated healthy retail building resources;
  • Shared lessons learned from piloting exercises and disseminate case studies on best practice; and
  • Developed additional tools or guidance, specific to the retail sector, to better enable retailers globally to implement the metrics framework.

Specific case studies and guidance notes, specifically ones related to using social media to determine retail satisfaction, are now available as well.

We will soon be producing more case studies on health and wellbeing in retail in 2017.

Discover our Retail Metrics Framework below.

It’s often said that “home is where the heart is,” and we want to put wellbeing at the “heart” of our homes. The environment in our homes has the potential to significantly affect our health and wellbeing. Increasing awareness of these impacts and translating them into value are important parts of our mission.

Therefore, the World Green Building Council has produced a comprehensive guide to creating healthier homes that in turn, are healthier for the planet.

The Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting then translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier for both people and planet.

The guide recommends action to making a home healthier such as:

  • Ventilate your home to clear away the hidden indoor toxins and bring fresh and clean air into your home
  • Invest in insulation to boost energy efficiency, thermal comfort, less noise and lower energy bills
  • Maximise the use of daylight and be efficient with lighting to lower carbon emissions, reduce energy costs and unlock health benefits.

You can download the Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide in English and in Spanish below.


By the time a child leaves school, they have spent more time in an educational building than anywhere else, with the exception of their home. To this end, the buildings in which we educate our children have a measurable impact on their wellbeing and development.

Studies have proven that well ventilated buildings with good indoor air quality, acoustics and enhanced levels of thermal comfort, lead to better cognitive performance, sleep quality, and a host of other tangible benefits. This work showed that when you build green, you receive health and productivity benefits, and while it didn’t specifically examine schools and the students that occupy them, there’s no reason to believe the results aren’t applicable. It’s reasonably safe to assume that if you build a high performing green school, you are likely to get more productive and healthy students.

This is why in November 2017, the World Green Building Council published infographics to enhance awareness of the links between educational buildings and improved student performance. We hope this will create a fresh wave of engagement around the impact and importance of buildings in the learning environment and how they can shape comfort levels, personal wellbeing and educational performance to enhance the prosperity of this generation and future generations to come.

Click here to read the infographics, or click on the image below to download the infographic.