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Measurable productivity benefits of enhanced indoor air quality

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Every few years, a groundbreaking study propels our understanding of the impact indoor environments have on employee wellness and productivity. Old-timers will recall one of the first and most famous studies – a lighting retrofit at the Reno, Nevada U.S. Post Office letter-sorting department in 1986, which was merely intended to save energy. An unexpected surprise was that not only did it reduce energy use but the improved quality of lighting also increased the speed of sorting by 10 percent, decreased errors, and achieved a measurable half-million dollars in productivity gains per year.

Since then, our understanding of wellness in the workplace has greatly expanded. Recently, another trailblazing finding has been causing a stir in the wellness industry. It’s a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which shows a remarkable correlation between carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and productivity.

The experiment consisted of participants playing a computer simulation game in three different office environments in turn: one ‘bad’ environment that had 1,400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 (such as is often found in offices and schools); another with a moderate level of 945 ppm of CO2 (a typical industry standard); and a third, which had an exceptionally good level of CO2 at 550 ppm. The game was designed to measure nine cognitive functions, including information processing, decision-making and recall.… Read More

Safety and sustainability: Protecting our most valuable resources

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At JLL, we are dedicated to environmental sustainability, knowing that the efforts we make to conserve resources and adopt sustainable principles add long-term value for our clients. But we also know that we cannot be a truly sustainable organization without ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our most valuable resource — our employees.

June is National Safety Month, and at JLL safety and sustainability are not two parallel concepts; they are core principles and values, highly compatible and tightly interwoven into the fabric of our culture — and they go hand-in-hand to create a foundation for how we do business.

Our safety ambitions are also a vital part of Building a Better Tomorrow, our sustainability leadership framework. By embedding safety into our broader sustainability practices we can ensure a positive impact for our people and our clients in our workplaces and our communities.

“When we think of traditional sustainability, we think about working to protect our earth and our environment,” said Bob Best, JLL’s Head of Energy Sustainability Services. “But we know that when you implement sustainable practices and programs — things like energy efficiency, maximizing natural daylight and improving indoor air quality — people become more productive.”

According to Best, sustainable workplaces can achieve much more than just green environments and improved productivity. Companies that care about the environment care about the health and safety of their employees, too.… Read More

Green and Productive Space Really Does Pay Out

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Energy and Sustainability Services

What happens when we set out to make a building greener and more productive at the same time?

Something amazing.

The Federal Building in San Diego decided to make a number of changes … with pretty impressive results.

First, they changed their fluorescent lighting from T12s with flickering magnetic ballasts to more energy-efficiency T8s with electronic ballasts. Second, the… Read More