April 13, 2017
The benefits of sustainable design are potentially much larger than the few dollars per year a building might save in per-square-foot energy costs.
“It’s all about keeping your employees happy and productive,” said Mike DeNamur, vice president of smart building solutions for the JLL Smart Building Program. He spoke at DisruptCRE, a technology forum held March 30, 2017, in New York City. “It has tremendous benefit — tying back to employee engagement, employee satisfaction and improved cognitive function.”
Smart and sustainable design — especially features like air quality — can have a clear impact on the value employers realize from their largest expense: their employees.
Employers spend $300 on average per-suare-foot annually on salaries and benefits for their workers – and in many cases, much more. That compares to an average of just $30 in leasing costs and $3 on energy. With that human cost in mind, recent research shows air quality in office space has significant impacts on cognitive function.
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