Productivity in Buildings: the Killer Variables
This report notes losses or gains of up to 15% of turnover in a typical office organization might be attributable to the design, management and use of the indoor environment. The report goes on to highlight the growing evidence of the associations between perceived productivity and clusters of factors such as comfort, health and satisfaction of staff. Some of the management, design and use characteristics which contribute towards better energy efficiency also help productivity, thereby helping to close the loop on a potential ‘virtuous’ circle.
Leaman and Bordass note that unfortunately, the vast majority of occupied buildings do not have these self-reinforcing qualities and many are unmanageable complex. This paper examines which factors within the control of building designers and managers best contribute to human productivity – the ‘killer’ variables of the title.