Tuesday, 8 July 2014

How Green Roofs & Walls Impact Building Occupants’ Well-Being
Living Architecture Monitor looks at Green Infrastructure & Human Health

Image Collage: Living Architecture Monitor Summer 2014 Cover & PeapodLife Living Wall Ecosystem  
Source: livingarchitecturemonitor.com: Living Architecture Monitor (LAM) magazine Digital Edition Summer 2014 - Health Issue
“…Green infrastructure in commercial or residential properties can increase employee productivity and property values, by providing visual and physical access to green space.” 
– Living Architecture Monitor¹ 

In the Summer 2014 edition of Living Architecture Monitor, three professionals share their insights into the advantages and benefits of installing “green infrastructure”—green roofs and walls—into their buildings. The complete article can be read in Living Architecture Monitor Online, but here are some highlights:

On the affects of green roofs and/or walls on building occupants:

“The response that our employees had was and is overwhelmingly positive…The investment into what was unusable space and the environmental benefits increased company-wide awareness, exposure and appreciation of the overall design.” – Kevin Repasky, Director of Operations, Hanover Architectural Products Source¹

“The Manulife Centre’s green roof…is considered to be a garden in the heart of the city, a quiet and tranquil place for tenants and employees to use at their leisure, hidden above the bustling corner of Bay and Bloor Streets.” – Michael Bardyn, Managing Director, Greater Toronto, Manulife Real Estate Source¹

On the financial impacts of Green Architecture:

“The living wall is definitely one of the greater features to the building and an added value to the project. The visitors and guests are always admiring the living wall. It’s also a tour stop for our leasing team. The living wall is definitely an emenity for the tenants and visitors to the property." – Sherry Mashadian, Manager, Operations, Irvine Company Office Properties, Source²

“We believe it has a very positive affect on our tenants as evidenced by our low vacancy rate which drives long-term value for the property.” – Michael Bardyn, Managing Director, Greater Toronto, Manulife Real Estate Source²

Additionally, the article cites that 1330 Boyslston Street Apartment near Fenway Park in Boston generates an additional $120,000 in additional revenues for units that overlook a newly installed green roof. J.P. Morgan Asset Management estimates the green roof has increased the value of the property by $2.4 million.²

And, according to Economics of Biophilia report, 10% of employee absences can be attributed to architecture which has no connection to nature.²

For more information on what nature can do for YOUR commercial or residential building, its tenants, your business, etc, Connect with PeapodLife Today.

¹ Source http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/greenroofs/lam_2014summer/#/8
² Source http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/greenroofs/lam_2014summer/#/10

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