Greening the Office
I would like to share my thoughts on healthy offices following on from our blog last week where Margie reviewed the ‘sit less’ workplace. Sitting is the new smoking according to public officials who claim we are facing a medical crisis. Topping off this inactivity are health issues resulting from poor air quality in the workspace with associated respiratory problems and other illnesses. Indoor plants play a big part in the solution and are not just for aesthetics. While fake plants might look the part (and be immune to neglect) they don’t hit the mark writes fellow architect, Ruth Newman, in Sourceable. She notes that according to a Norwegian study plants in a workplace reduce:
- reported fatigue by 30%,
- coughs, sore throats, stuffy noses and eye irritation by 24% and,
- dry skin complaints by 23%.