Are biophilic-designed site office buildings linked to health benefits and high performing occupants?

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Nov 26;11(12):12204-22. doi: 10.3390/ijerph111212204.


This paper discusses the first phase of a longitudinal study underway in Australia to ascertain the broad health benefits of specific types of biophilic design for workers in a building site office. A bespoke site design was formulated to include open plan workspace, natural lighting, ventilation, significant plants, prospect and views, recycled materials and use of non-synthetic materials. Initial data in the first three months was gathered from a series of demographic questions and from interviews and observations of site workers. Preliminary data indicates a strong positive effect from incorporating aspects of biophilic design to boost productivity, ameliorate stress, enhance well-being, foster a collaborative work environment and promote workplace satisfaction, thus contributing towards a high performance workspace. The longitudinal study spanning over two years will track human-plant interactions in a biophilic influenced space, whilst also assessing the concomitant cognitive, social, psychological and physical health benefits for workers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Air Pollution, Indoor
  • Australia
  • Data Collection
  • Environmental Health*
  • Facility Design and Construction*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Plants
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace*