The impact of Green Buildings on cognitive function

What if indoor air quality could improve decision-making? New studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University has found that improved indoor environmental quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function test scores. Additionally, occupants in high-performing, green-certified buildings had higher cognitive function scores than occupants in similarly high-performing, non-certified buildings.

Now, consider the fact that most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors and 90 percent of the costs associated with a building are due to the people inside it – and you can see why focusing on the air you breathe could turn your building into your business’ strongest human resource tool.

The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function studies, also known as The COGfx studies, fill key knowledge gaps in this important area, linking indoor environment with decision-making test scores. As it turns out, intelligence really is in the air.

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The future of healthy buildings must be one where they are the norm, not the exception. Health cannot and should not be a luxury item, afforded to only those that can afford it. This applies to healthcare, working conditions, access to food, and, yes, the buildings where we live, work, play, pray, and heal.
JOSEPH ALLEN, DSC, MPH, CIH, Director of the Healthy Buildings Program
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Our goal is to improve the lives of all people, in all buildings, everywhere, every day.
A healthy building is a human right.

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