Is Health and Well-Being the Next Wave of Sustainability?

Donna Laquidara-Carr, Ph.D., LEED AP, Industry Insights Research Director

Dodge Data & Analytics has partnered with Delos and Canada Green Building Council on a new study, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016, that demonstrates growing interest in how buildings can impact the health and well-being of their occupants. The study reveals that owners are very interesting in this topic, but that more data about the basic business case for building healthier buildings will likely drive more investment. As with green building and energy efficiency, if owners see the value of investing in green, the industry will need to be able to provide products and services to support that interest.

The study reveals that, currently, more than half of owners do not know the financial impact of their healthier building investments, including the impact on their ability to lease buildings quickly or on the increased asset value for their properties. However, those who are aware of the impacts of healthier buildings see positive impacts on their ability to lease buildings quickly and on the asset value for their buildings.

When asked about their goals for their investments in healthier buildings, most owners (75%) are seeking improved employee and tenant satisfaction with the building, even more so than more widely considered benefits like productivity improvements (64%), which are also notoriously difficult to measure. Currently, nearly all of the owners who are familiar with the impact of their healthier building investments on employee satisfaction and engagement report positive improvements in this area, with well over half of all owners (58%) reporting a medium level of improvement or higher. Thus, even as financial data still needs to be gathered, owners are already finding compelling reasons to invest in improved building health impacts.

The findings demonstrate that building product manufacturers and construction industry service providers can gain an edge on their competition through being able to offer healthier products and services.

For more information on this critical trend, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 SmartMarket Report is available for free download in the resources section of In addition to the owner data cited above, this report looks at the influence of health on design and construction decisions by owners, architects, interior designers and contractors, as well as the drivers and obstacles for wider adoption of this trend. It also includes case studies on projects and thought leader interviews describing where this trend is heading in the near future.



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