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Productivity, Health and Wellbeing from Working in Green Buildings: Can We Find Win-Win Solutions

November 13, 2014 - 7:30am PST, 10:30am EST
Recorded in November, 2014


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Due to some technical difficulties, the recording has some sound issues in the beginning, and cuts off about 10 minutes before the end of the presentation. We apologize for this inconvenience. You can refer to the powerpoint PDF below and the Open Access article for further information.

In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation

Powerpoint Slides

This presentation will start off by looking at what previous research can tell us about the impact of the built environment on the physical health and psychological wellbeing of building occupants, focusing on office workers.   

Next we will look at the how the physical health and psychological wellbeing can influence the organisations bottom line, through direct and indirect influences on worker performance and organisational productivity.

The presentation will conclude by drawing on examples from the green building movement for ways in which we might achieve mutual benefits for building occupants (social capital through improved physical health and psychological wellbeing) and the organisation (economic capital through increased worker performance and organisational productivity) while still reducing the impact on the environment (environmental capital through eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness).  

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The impact of the built environment on occupant wellbeing and health
  • The impact of the built environment on occupant work effectiveness
  • Finding ways to optimise wellbeing and organisational value whilst saving the environment
Andrew Thatcher, PhD

Dr. Thatcher is Chair of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of  Witwatersrand. He received his PhD in cognitive ergonomics in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of green ergonomics theory, the adoption of sustainable technologies, and wellbeing and effectiveness in green buildings. Combining his background in industrial/organisational psychology and ergonomics he has been exploring the impact that green buildings have on the effective functioning of building occupants and the impact that these types of buildings have on the health and wellbeing of their occupants. As a result of this work Andrew served on the Technical Working Group for the Green Building Council of South Africa’s draft Interiors rating tool, served as a consultant to the Technical Working Group for the Existing Buildings rating tool, and was on the Technical Committee for the World Green Building Council’s report on the business case for health, wellbeing and productivity in office buildings.

Andrew is currently the Chair of the sub-committee on ‘Defining human factors for sustainable development’ for the International Ergonomics Association’s Technical Committee on ‘Human Factors for Sustainable Development’. He has also made contributions at the government level, writing a report for the Department of Science and Technology on the social and behavioural aspects of the implementation of green technologies. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals including ‘Ergonomics’, ‘Behaviour & Information Technology’, ‘International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics’, and ‘The Open Ergonomics Journal’
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